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« on: March 09, 2013, 02:29:04 PM »

I'm trying to use an old nuc box as a swarm trap.  I have some frames with drawn comb in there.  The Brushy Mountain pheromone lure comes in a little tube.  Each tube is in it's own little plastic bag.  There were no instructions.  I read somewhere that you should leave the tube in the plastic bag and place it in the box.  Can anyone confirm that you leave it in the bag?

If I hold it up to my nose, I can smell it.

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 03:54:46 PM »

If you can smell it you can bet the bees do! I've never used a commercial swarm lure so I'm not sure how to but I've seen them that are meant to be used as just the tube tube with the cap removed.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 07:47:14 PM »

Thanks.  I also just found this on Bee Source:

I bought a pheromone lure from Brushy Mountain. It is a little vial that came in a small plastic bag.  Instructions only say do not open vial. So do I just take it our of bag and put it in my swarm trap.

Mann Lake sells the same thing, but the vile is in a little paper bag.  They say don't take it out of the paper bag. 

I guess if I take it out of the plastic bag the only risk is that it may not last the 3 months it says it will last.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013, 11:42:39 PM »

I took the lure I got from Brushymountain Bee Farm and just stapled it to the inside of the swarm trap.
I let the staple straddle the tube.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 07:43:59 AM »

Capt44, so you took the vile out of the bag, but you didn't open the vile?
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 01:59:36 PM »

The stuff in the lure is most likely Lemongrass oil.  Don't sweat over how to use it.   You just want the scent to get around.  Folks here on the forum use hundreds of methods of applying the lure to their hives.   Mostly I just roll a little paper towel between 2 frames and put some lure on it.   It will last through swarm season.  You just want the scent in and around the hive for the bees to find it. 
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