Swarm Traps for spring of 2015

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by Capt44, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Capt44

    Capt44 New Member

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    I am getting Swarm Traps ready for the spring of 2015.
    I will be using mostly the pressed fiber pot type trap.
    I am building 35 new traps that will give me a total of around 45 or so traps.
    I had excellent results last year baiting with Lemon Grass Essence Oil and a piece of old comb.
    I set 18 traps in the city of Searcy here in Arkansas and caught 19 swarms.
    I caught total around the county 35 swarms in traps.
    I tried the pheromone scent and never caught a thing but did baiting with the lemon grass oil.
    I use a pot that is 16 inches in diameter and 13 3/8 inch deep.
    I screw it to a piece of plywood and hang it around 7 ft or so up in around 30% shade with a clear flight path.
    Hey it works.
     

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    DoubleR New Member

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    That's pretty cool!
     

  3. Walt B

    Walt B Active Member

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    Looks like the pot is one of the swarm traps that they sell for hanging from a tree? If so, looks like a great adaptation. :thumbsup: Never had any luck hanging them. Guess I know what I'll be putting up this Spring. Thanks.

    Walt
     
  4. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    Congratulations. You did well last year.

    Do you have a routine when you take the filled swarm trap back to your apiary ? Do you keep all the swarms for yourself or pass them on ?
     
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    That is great numbers! I placed 6 out last year in locations I had caught swarms the year prior. I caught one. It was pretty dang exciting. Used nucs with old comb and lemongrass soaked q-tip in baggy.
     
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    dnburton4 New Member

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    Any chance you could explain how you make those? I'm not sure that my chances are good of catching any in the panhandle of Texas but I'd like to try.
     
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    Where and what is the entrance size?
     
  8. Guba

    Guba New Member

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    Okay, so I've been searching the stores for Lemon Grass Essence Oil and I can't find it. What is the best place to get some?
     
  9. ibeelearning

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    bought mine on amazon
     
  10. camero7

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    I'm going to try "Swarm Commander" this year. Bought a bottle.