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Offline SEEYA

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Swarm lure?
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:25:21 PM »
Swarm Lure?
Would there be any benefit to saving the empty queen cages, out of the bee packages?
In a ziplock bag, in the freezer? I don't think it could hurt, but would it be worth the effort?

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Re: Swarm lure?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 08:34:22 PM »
It may just be easier to save some lemongrass oil in a bottle.   

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Re: Swarm lure?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 08:53:09 PM »
It may work but as mentioned lemongrass oil or queen pheromone would likely be better choices. Queens in alcohol would work as well. I'm pretty sure M.B. has used them to attract swarms. I could probably attract a swarm with one of my hair clip queen catchers that have had many different queens but never tried it. Not sure if it would hold them but bees do go crazy over them things.


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Re: Swarm lure?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 09:36:29 AM »
They seem awfully interested in the cages.  It wouldn't hurt a bit.
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Re: Swarm lure?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012, 01:09:33 PM »
Thanks everyone!
It would be nice to get a little more use out of them. (pick-up, still a month off +/-)

ALTHOUGH:
I could save them and have them bronzed, for my induction into the BEEKEEPER HALL OF FAME! :-D
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Re: Swarm lure?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2012, 03:25:52 AM »
Not a bad idea. I would throw them in along with some lemon grass oil. Can't hurt anything.
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