This will be my first season swarm trapping and I'm deploying first weekend in Feb. Just finished 10 swarm traps and looking to bait also.
From what I've researched (to death) I'm baiting with 1 old frame flanked by two new, empty frames that will have some wax on them and LGO. I'm also going to prepare swatches of remnant carpet that I will drop LGO onto over and over again which should build up quite a scent over time. Those swatches will go into pill bottles that will have small nail holes in them and placed inside the hive. I'm also going to put a dab of LGO on the trap entrance for good measure.
That's the plan as it stands right now, of course I'll probably break down and order some official "swarm lure" from the supply house. You know, belt and suspenders! :roll: