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« on: March 13, 2007, 09:48:58 PM »

.....for a swarm trap to be successful.Or will using just "lemongrass" oil work.
 From what I can tell, it is kinda difficult to come by, if you don't already have bees.
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2007, 10:10:36 PM »

I wouldn't call it essential,  but it can improve your chances.   All of the swarms I have removed from walls didn't have comb to lure the bees there.
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007, 01:24:44 AM »

I have had success using just lemongrass oil.


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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007, 07:10:45 AM »

Given a choice between a box with old comb and a box with lemongrass oil, my experience is the bees will go for the lemongrass oil.  But if you really want to stack the deck "both" is better.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2007, 08:26:22 PM »

Given a choice between a box with old comb and a box with lemongrass oil, my experience is the bees will go for the lemongrass oil.  But if you really want to stack the deck "both" is better.

How much lemongrass oil should be used per box and how often does it need to be re-applied? Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2007, 08:48:17 PM »

I do a tablespoon spread over the inside and I do not reapply.

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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2007, 09:29:19 PM »

>How much lemongrass oil should be used per box and how often does it need to be re-applied?

I do four or five drops on the top bars (if there are frames).  It would probably be good to reapply it in a month.  I never have.  I just do it once when I set them.
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