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Well we have our first hive and we want to try trapping a swarm.
We can't buy bees or queens here on Molokai.

First how far from our hive should I place the trap?
Will putting in old comb from our first hive and lemon grass oil help lure a new swarm?
What will help?
Do's and don't??
Thanks: Dakine and daughter.
 

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Drawn comb with lemongrass oil is what I use. I have caught two swarms this year in my boxes, one 300 yards from my bee yard and the other miles away on a friends farm. The plus to keeping them close to your beeyard is if yours swarm they may take up residence, feral bee's tend to frequent them as well.

Just make sure that the entrance hole is not large enough for a small bird to enter; I use two hive staples tacked across making an X.

Good Luck!
 

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Drawn comb with lemongrass oil is what I use. I have caught two swarms this year in my boxes, one 300 yards from my bee yard and the other miles away on a friends farm. The plus to keeping them close to your beeyard is if yours swarm they may take up residence, feral bee's tend to frequent them as well.

Just make sure that the entrance hole is not large enough for a small bird to enter; I use two hive staples tacked across making an X.

Good Luck!
Sounds good. I'll go with some pieces of the old comb , some waxed 5 1/2" wax foundation for a starter strip with only a top bar. Some lemongrass oil.
I just ordered some 9 1/8" wired waxed foundation. Takes awhile to ship here tho.
 
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