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Author Topic: securing cardboard nucs as swarm traps  (Read 1101 times)
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« on: March 21, 2008, 05:19:13 PM »

I just bought a few cardboard nucs.  I was wondering if anyone else uses them as swarm traps and how they secure them up in a tree?  I don't particularly want to nail into the tree.  Would tying nylon cord around the hive and hoisting it up be secure enough or would the bees pass up a trap that swayes in the wind?
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008, 06:09:50 PM »

>I just bought a few cardboard nucs.  I was wondering if anyone else uses them as swarm traps

I have used the waxed ones and the plastic ones.

> and how they secure them up in a tree?

I tied them in a crotch.

>  I don't particularly want to nail into the tree.

I wouldn't work very well either.

>  Would tying nylon cord around the hive and hoisting it up be secure enough or would the bees pass up a trap that swayes in the wind?

I would blow down and it would sway in the wind.  I tied around one end, then around the tree then around the other end.  You can make this one continuous loop if you like.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008, 07:05:22 AM »

I haven't used cardboard nucs,  but I wedge mine in the crotch of the tree and lash it down with some rope.   This should work for the cardboard nucs as well.  Especially since the cardboard will give a little so you can get a nice tight rope.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2008, 03:43:14 PM »

thanks for the replies.  I'll give it try.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 01:30:37 PM »

Here is what I did - pretty simple and sturdy. I lightly nailed two pieces of strapping on either side of a crotch, put a peice of plywood over the top as a rain cover, and wrapped bungee cords around and hooked them over the strapping.






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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 06:33:52 PM »

Wow!  Nicely done TJC.  I like your setup.

Looks like you're hoping for a massive swarm too. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 07:15:35 PM »

Trying to get a swarm form an old (15+ year) feral hive that is living in the woodwork of our former school building - they're the ones who got me into this whole sport after watching them year after year in the recess yard! The building, vacant now for 3 years, has been sold to be redeveloped, and I'm working with the town and a local removal beek to try to cut them out soon. In the meantime, just in case...
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 07:22:40 PM »

Not trying to be a party pooper but they don't hold up well in inclimate weather. Keep an eye on that & all is well.


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