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House Bee
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« on: June 06, 2010, 08:44:27 PM »

So from my "scored" equipment i made a swarm trap.  screwd the bottom board onto a deep with 10 frames with wax foundations and screwed on the top.  Put a reducer with 3 small openings.  will this work? 

should I put it near my good hive?  How do you know where to put it?  I have several locations with wooded acreage so how do you pick a spot?
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 08:57:41 PM »

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.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 09:01:41 PM »

I would start off approximately 50-75 feet away from an existing hive. Ive hung mine as high up as I could reach and that was it. Place a few drops of lemongrass oil in and youre set.
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