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Tips on where to place swarm trap

 
John Master
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Built a box out of some scrap wood I had laying around, put one frame with some bee bread and honey on it three drops of lemongrass essential oil inside and some nails across the hole as a bird deterrent. Any tips on where might be best to hang it? In a forested area, out in the open? high in a tree or low to the ground? Will be fun to see if I can catch $100 worth of bees for almost nothing.
 
Michael Cox
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Within 200m of another beekeepers apiary
 
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I would go for known feral hives before another apiary. here's a handy pamphlet on the topic: http://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/2653/2/Bait%20Hives%20for%20Honey%20Bees.pdf
 
Michael Cox
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Not many ferals around here, but plenty of novice urban beekeepers.

I've now caught 4 swarms this season, all from supposedly managed hives. I'd rather have feral genetics, but some bees are better than no bees!

 
Pete Lundy
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I've read about ten feet off the ground is best. It keeps them away from some predators.
Use a lemony scented lure.
 
tel jetson
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lemongrass oil. mixed into a chunk of wax works well for slow release of the scent.
 
R Scott
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We caught our first swarm this year!

Would a swarm come back to the same tree multiple times if it couldn't find a suitable home? We had a swarm on the same branch two days in a row. Missed catching it the first two times, then it landed on a lower branch on the third day and we successfully captured it.

 
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could happen. maybe more likely that it was more than one swarm. I've seen swarms on the same tree several times in a season and several years in a row. similar taste in bivouacs, I guess.
 
Michael Cox
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Possibly also lingering traces of queen pheromones and wax from the previous swarms too.
 
R Scott
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They like their new home!
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very nice. I'm on my way to install a swarm at a preschool right now. I think the kids will get a kick out of it.
 
John Master
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They will love it!
 
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