Ok, I guess I should have asked these questions first, but i was really excited to build these especially since our successful cutout on Saturday. Julie and I are addicted already and having a blast and it is so nice to have a hobby we both enjoy!
I built these swarm traps based on a video on youtube plus reading lots of threads here. I messed up on the dimensions as I intended them to hold 8 deep frames but they only hold 7. I didn't have a larger hole saw than a half inch bit so I just drilled two holes side by side. Will this be enough area for an opening?
I stenciled the boxes kind of as a warning to children who might see them and the word "danger", although not true whatsoever, might help to prevent unwanted rock throwing or tampering. :-D
I used old pallet wood which I think will hold up well in the weather without the need to paint and they seem like they will blend in nicely on a tree trunk etc..
My main concern is the size. Do you think this size is enough to lure a swarm or are they going to be looking for something bigger with more space below the frames (the frames come within an inch of the bottom?
I cut a straw in thirds and stuffed them with cotton balls and put several drops of lemongrass oil in them. Hopefully this will be enough to lure them.
P.S. WooHoo, we can post pictures now!