Did you put any pheromone or lemon grass oil in or on it? That will really help. I use a three quarter inch hole in one for an opening and caught a nice large swarm in it. My other bait hives I notched the bottom the same size as the largest opening on the reducer. That worked too. As far as placement? I don't know if there is one place any better than another. So far I caught one swarm in the middle of the woods along a creek, another on the edge of a field about ten feet into the woods and one where the woods jutted out into the field a little. I hung mine with rope and had them up about fifteen feet or so. I was really suprised but in an area I had not seen any bees I picked up nice swarms? That was all this year so far too, my first rear trying to use a bait hive.