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Offline DoctorZ

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Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« on: April 10, 2012, 06:28:15 PM »
Any ideas or experience?  :?

Just built a couple of traps and am about to paint. Leaning towards the standard white, but am open to use colors recommended by the experienced.

Or does it matter?
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Offline AllenF

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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 06:31:22 PM »
A lot of people paint brown or camo to hide them.   I really like white.   Because all my hives are white and one paint can is easy to keep up with.   Also I can see bees flying in and out against white.   I don't think it matters to the bees.   It just matters to you.

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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012, 09:18:39 PM »
I think it's more about location than color.  Have fun and paint it whatever you want it to look like!

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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2012, 11:16:32 PM »
walmart mistint in green. kinda a bamboo color. My hives are the same way, what ever I find cheap
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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 09:25:19 AM »
Who knows, maybe a picasso print?????
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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 09:50:21 AM »
Fuchsia with mauve trim :-D

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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 11:23:29 AM »
 :-D

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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 06:03:18 PM »
Depends on location like said above. I vote camo!!
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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 05:35:11 AM »
Camo is best especially if you're covertly placing them near other beekeepers apiaries.  :-D
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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2012, 04:04:27 PM »
If you live in a hot climate a dark color can make it so hot that bees will not move in or not stay if they do.  I tried brown for the camo effect when I started but have switched to white.  School of hard knocks is a brutal teacher but the lessons seem to stick.

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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2012, 10:19:58 PM »
Tie die brah! Yeah buddy!  :-D

Doesn't matter really but I like neutral colors.


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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2012, 08:34:02 AM »
Decided to go with some plain vanilla white that I had. How boring. Home Depot didn't have any mis-tints for exterior use.

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Re: Best Color for a Swarm Trap
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2012, 11:02:19 PM »
already has = free which is always good. I just stay on the look out and pick paint up even if i'm not ready for it. That's why my brood boxes are straw yellow and honey supers are bamboo green and orange soda orange.
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