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Author Topic: Here are a couple of trap outs I have going now.  (Read 405 times)
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« on: May 15, 2014, 10:17:27 AM »

I have currently 12 trapouts in progress and 14 more to set up.
The paper here  in Searcy, Arkansas did an article on me doing trapouts and not hurting the honey bees.
I am now getting swamped with calls for trapouts.
here's a couple of pictures of some trapouts in progress.

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 10:20:31 AM »

Nice setups. I especially like your little walk bridges.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 09:14:46 PM »

Well just like you said, the bees will not jump.
They will crawl to the edge and crawl under but not across the gap.
So I've started using a little walk plank to bridge the gap in situations where I can't get the landing board againist the funnel.
Bees love to crawl and they'll go right over the ramp to the hive.
So far my success rate is over 98%.
I had one fail last year and I blamed it on the fact that some folks sprayed the trapout with insect killer.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2014, 04:20:49 PM »

I'm going to start my first trap out tomorrow.  I've watched Iddee's video on how to do one several times over the past few years and I really just have one question, what's the minimum length of the cone you can use?  The one I made is about 8" long and should work for the job at hand.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2014, 05:17:57 PM »

I don't know the minimum, but I have one about 5 inches and it works well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2014, 12:56:01 AM »

Got the trap out going with a 12" funnel.  It worked like a charm, added 1 frame of mostly eggs (had to chase the queen off the frame) and all the nurse bees on said frame, another of drawn comb with some pollen and honey, one frame with small cell foundation and 2 foundationless frames.  Checked back on it tonight and the bees hadn't found another entrance so I think the trap out will go well.
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2014, 09:43:36 PM »

Do you ever have a situation where the bees bunch up on their entrance at the base of the cone and don't come out?  The bees aren't getting back into the hive and the bees in the wall are bunched up at the base of the cone.  I'm guessing time and a lack of food will bring them out and this is just one of the quirks of a trap out...?
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2014, 11:18:45 PM »

Instead of using cones I now use the white, plastic, bee escape that goes into the opening in a inner cover. I just drill a 1" hole in a price of plywood that is big enough to cover the entrance and staple the escape to it. Works real well.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2014, 10:04:16 AM »

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any pictures of the be escape
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2014, 02:12:53 PM »

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any pictures of the be escape


Let's see if this works. If you zoom in on the area in front of my hand, you will see one on the wall. It is white on a brown wall.

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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2014, 05:49:34 PM »

after my bad experience we are down sizing from 4 to 2

the pics are great thanks
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2014, 06:25:59 PM »

Jim, can the drones and queen come out through the escape?
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2014, 08:26:24 PM »

Jim, can the drones and queen come out through the escape?
Yes they do.
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