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Author Topic: Wood Pulp for Swarm Trap  (Read 1080 times)
House Bee
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« on: December 07, 2013, 08:55:07 AM »

Does anybody know how to make the wood/paper  pulp that is used to make swarm traps . I googled paper mache but didn't find what I wanted.  I have tried soaking news-paper but it never disintegrated to the point that it could be molded.  They should be simple to mold if I could come up with a reasonable way to make the material.
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 12:47:27 PM »

Don't bother. Just make them.out of wood the size that will.hold frames
New Bee
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 03:36:37 PM »

Danno is telling you correctly. There is free or cheap wood that can be used which is quicker, easier and better.
House Bee
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2013, 03:45:45 PM »

   Do it with the frame size you use, then you can just transfer the frames into your permanent hive without having to do a "cutout" and use string or rubber bands to hold the comb in...

   aside from that..  Shredding the newspaper, chopping it up / blending etc before adding your mixture to it will allow it to be molded over your form.

39 Hives and growing.  Havent found the end of the comfort zone yet.
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2014, 04:46:43 PM »

Listen to these guys they are steering you in the right direction. I caught a swarm in one of those paper swarm traps and it was a big pain. That new wax from a swarm is so soft it is very hard to secure into a frame. It is much easier to just use a wood box with frames already in it. And they build wax very fast with in just a couple days they can have quite a bit of wax built.
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