My question when it comes time to set out a swarm trap what would put the odds in my favor to be successful. How close to set trap, what height or any other info that may be useful.
I know where a feral hive is, it has been there more than five years it looks like I can get permission to set out a swarm trap. The entrance to the hive in the bee tree is about 3 feet above ground level and facing south. I have made a KTBH TRAP “11 bars” 1 1/8 hole at the bottom with a nail vertical to keep out birds I plan to use Lemon Grass Oil as bait. I have no access to comb or wax, just the oil.
I have read where 8 to 15 feet would be ideal but the height these bees have been using is 3 feet, does this matter?
My plans are to set a post in the ground with a platform on it to set trap on it level with entrance facing south like the bee tree. Distance from the hive to the trap is my main concern.
I have built a 39 inch long KTBH and made the trap top bars interchangeable to easy the move from trap to hive.
Any suggestions will be welcome.