Ludger Merkens wrote:Hi Chris,
sorry to disappoint. But here in germany putting out bait hives is actually prohibited. No hive material may be made accessible to bees, unless there is actually a living bee hive inside. We are allowed to catch a swarm (if the previous owner abandoned it) and have special rights to enter foreign property for this purpose (rarely used this times, most people are happy, if you remove the swarm), but trapping a hive with a bait hive is not allowed. The reason for this, is to prevent bee deseases from spreading. The same rule, forces a bee keeper to close up a collapsed bee hive (to prevend robbing bees from beeing infected). It would probably be difficult for the ever too often bee illiterate veterinary to distinguish such a disease spin from a proper bait hive (with nice smelling used comb as bee attraction).
Put short - no real live experience using bait hives here.
As for the full sun - to my knowledge bees are best kept in semi shade, with sunlight in the morning and nice protection against strong winds. Still it should not be placed in a pool of cold air.