Do you place swarm traps near your hives, 100 ft, as a preventive measure? Is this an a best pratice for bee geeks? I'm new and in my second year. This year I"m going to try to catch swarms by placing them in areas where GF and I have seen bees on our land, but JP recomended way back in 07 to leave a trap about 100ft from hives.
I think the thought process is that bee yards tend to attract bees, therefore, it's a good location. You also have a chance of catching one of your own hives swarming...Sort of a win/win situation. Since a swarm trap does't encourage swarming, yet merely offers a home to an existing swarm, there's no real downside.
That's my understanding at least.