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« on: January 14, 2013, 03:21:17 PM »





 
Got the idea from another trap is saw on the internet and decided to take some old plastic potting plants. Drilled a hole thru the top of the plywood and ran a rope thru both and knotted the bottom to hold the pot. Gonna place five this week in some spots around other large hives in old buildings and around the bee yards. Only down fall is the size. Looking for some 3 gal pots for some bid swarm grabs  grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 04:54:30 PM »

Easy enough!  Are you going to put any bait in there?  Make sure it's out of the direct sun to avoid potential overheating.  Let us know how it goes, the proof will be in the pudding.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013, 05:04:09 PM »

Make sure you use a top that is wood.  Otherwise you will find that condensation is a big problem.  Made a few like that with 5 gallon buckets.  They work but they are wet with condensation if the top is plastic. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 05:35:11 PM »

May be easy to build,  but not so easy to move into a hive Sad
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2013, 05:58:25 PM »

Didn't want to bust his bubble but you and I both know what's in store when this trap hits its first swarm.
So he gets to learn trapping and cut outs all in one shot evil
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2013, 06:20:19 PM »

I like 5 frame nucs hung in trees for traps. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2013, 06:41:27 PM »

I like a 10 frame deep in a tree. Just a pain to get down.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2013, 07:17:27 PM »

I can't see how this could be at all challenging to transfer into a hive? Anybody care to explain rather than just hint at how difficult it would be?

Would you not just cut the rope that attaches the top board to the pot, knock any bees attached to the board straight into the hive and similarly upend the pot and shake out any bees remaining in it? Where is the difficulty?
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2013, 08:46:36 PM »

You will have comb in the trap within a few days. If you don't find the swarm within a week your dealing with a cutout situation.  Better to hang a nuc as a trap with frames in place.  Then just transfer frames into hives. 
I have done both and the trap with frames is best
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2013, 09:22:46 PM »

Already experienced at cutouts and thought of the difficulty in the transfer but close enough to check regular. Saw the ones made of composite material that is similar to what I made. The top is of plywood also and can remove the rope pulled down easy enough and will let you all know if I succeed. Set a couple framed traps last year without success and to bulky.Thanks for the replies.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2013, 09:24:47 PM »

Traps need bait.  What are you using for lure?
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2013, 09:32:01 PM »

Using that good ole lemon grass oil Bailey!  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2013, 09:42:58 PM »

You will have comb in the trap within a few days.


If not within hours.   Why let their hard work building comb go to waste.   Let them get started immediately building comb they can keep.  Framed swarm traps can be build for a couple bucks and are well worth it.  http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,31604.msg257257.html#msg257257

Not to mention they look a little small volume wise.  

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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2013, 08:11:00 AM »

I learn my lesson on traps. No more traps that end up in a cut out. I was doing sana tube ones. Why lower your chances with maybe a  lost queen, destroying brood set them back when you put them in a normal hive. Over the years % wise I have had poor luck with cut outs or swarms making it the next year. If not failing in that year
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2013, 09:01:27 AM »

That's why I hang nucs.  Easy transfer to hives. Reload trap and send it right back up the tree!
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« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2013, 10:01:27 AM »

Well all I have to say is thanks for all the encouragement guys!  afro  huh
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« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2013, 10:07:39 AM »

Well all I have to say is thanks for all the encouragement guys!  afro  huh
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2013, 10:08:40 AM »

Better to take your lumps now, rather than later!
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2013, 10:37:07 AM »

I prefer to use other peoples houses/sheds/barns etc. for my swarm traps grin

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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2013, 11:31:32 AM »

Not trying to be a downer there blanc.  Just have done the trap and cutout thing before and try to always find faster and easier ways. 
Sorry if I have sounded like I'm discouraging your ideas.  Just know that I have been there and done that and don't want to return to that method. 
Your idea will work.
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It is better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open ones mouth and in so doing remove all doubt.
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