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Author Topic: Lemongrass Oil for Bait Hives  (Read 961 times)
House Bee
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« on: January 08, 2009, 09:20:42 PM »

I just bought some lemongrass oil to get ready for the swarm season!

I have never put out bait hives, before, but my plan is to put out a nuc with some frames of drawn, dark comb and some empty frames.  Then add a few drops of lemongrass oil.  How many drops of oil are recommended, and how often does it need to be reapplied?


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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2009, 08:27:56 AM »

Last year all I did was hang the traps and then took a syring and shot some in the enterance hole one time
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2009, 03:11:54 PM »

I was told to put a few drops on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball inside the "trap" somewhere. I opened the two traps I had this year and added a few drops to the cotton ball about once a month. I never caught any swarms in the traps but I did see bees go in and out on occasion. So this really is not a success story but may help you in some way. 

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