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« on: May 01, 2011, 02:14:13 AM »

I got a call today asking if I wanted to come pick up a bait trap that another bee removal company set up (for A LOT of money!) and they would have charged $75 to just come to pick up the trap. I received a donation of $20 for my gas which I didn't mind since I didn't have to do anything.

Anyways, I sealed the entrance of the pot bait trap and brought it down. It weighed almost nothing but I did see bees inside.
Brought it home tonight and opened it up to find VERY little bees inside. I would guess it was smaller than a softball size!

So my question is, in a bait hive which uses old comb and lemongrass oil will some bees (more than scouts I assume) from a nearby swarm move in to the bait hive and not leave, spend a night, even if the queen was not there?

Or it could be a really small after-swarm in which I'll wait a few days to inspect for a queen.
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 02:59:04 AM »

I've had 3 frames or so in bees spend a night in a deep with out a queen on waxed foundation. They were there for the feed only. I've heard of soft ball size swarms but haven't caught one yet.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 03:33:10 AM »

Could it indeed been an afterswarm & the virgin queen went out in her mating flight & got snatched by a bird or other mishap? You did collect the swarm trap in early morn or late eve so as to grab all the colony?

I have been havin luck w/ swarm lure traps made out of tossed out styro coolers I converted to top bar swarm lure traps. I didn't always use lemon grass but always had melted bees wax on the top bars comb guides & wax painted in front & inner entrance. Got 3 styro traps w/ bees so far & need to build more.

Temple City Jenny Craig Cooler Swarm Lure Trap

Am trying trap out in few weeks & will place 3 swarm lure traps in area to lure the queen as she usually absconds.

Good luck on finding the queen but merge w/ a hive that has less workers if w/o her highness. 


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