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Offline Michael Bush

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Re: How to pick Swarm Trap locations?
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2010, 11:24:16 AM »
A good place is anyplace I had swarm traps last year and got some.  I'll put up more.  A bad place is anyplace I had swarm traps last year and didn't get any...
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Re: How to pick Swarm Trap locations?
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2010, 05:00:37 PM »
a good place is anyplace I had swarm traps last year and got some.  I'll put up more.  a bad place is anyplace I had swarm traps last year and didn't get any...


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Re: How to pick Swarm Trap locations?
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2010, 06:50:42 PM »
a good place is anyplace I had swarm traps last year and got some.  I'll put up more.  a bad place is anyplace I had swarm traps last year and didn't get any...


My research says to expect 10% occupancy of traps. Is that close to realistic?
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Re: How to pick Swarm Trap locations?
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2010, 05:38:02 AM »
10% is a good guess, but it's like fishing.  If all your boxes are in good locations (near existing colonies likely to swarm) then you might even get 90%.  If all of them are in poor locations, you may get 0%.
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Re: How to pick Swarm Trap locations?
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2010, 08:09:51 PM »
I've dug up several studies. They all agree that the 30-40 liter cavity is ideal.  But one also varied the entrance hole. Much to my suprise, if you open it up too much, it becomes highly undesirable. A 40 liter cavity with 15 cm ^2 entrance is the near ideal hive. But open that up to a 60 cm^2 and bees reject it and take a sub par 15 liter hive with 15 cm^2 hole.
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