Swarm traps

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Martym
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Swarm traps

Post by Martym » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:43 pm

Anyone setting any swarm traps yet? I'll be setting a few in the next few days. I'd love to see some pictures of your setups. I'll post some of mine when I set them....wish me luck.

Jacobs
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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Jacobs » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:38 pm

My swarm lure/trap went up just after Nancy Ruppert gave her presentation to the GCBA letting us know that bees were about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and that she was putting out her personal swarm lures.

Here is a link to a series of posts from last March showing my swarm lure, with a link to a video of a swarm arriving.

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[Links no longer work. Photobucket wants to charge for what was free. As I get time, I will either create links if they will work, or see if Google works better.]

Martym
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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Martym » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:04 pm

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Nice thread, I am going to start coming to the meetings when I can. I also,plan to use Lemmon grass oil. I guess it's like fishing I'll put them out and if I don't get a bite I'll move them :D I just hope I have better luck catching bees than I do fishing! This is the trap I decided on its 30 ltr and made it from scrap stuff around the house.

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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Martym » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:15 pm

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Set a swarm trap today , thought I would share a photo . Any thoughts are appreciated.

Jacobs
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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Jacobs » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:30 pm

My first question is--what is inside your swarm trap? What is in it besides lemongrass oil?

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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Wally » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:30 pm

One less beer and you might could have done it standing up. :evil: :mrgreen:

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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Martym » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:48 pm

The trap has one frame of brood comb and the rest of the frames are empty. This trap is baited with swarm commander. I have a few more traps set with Lemmon grass oil . I have heard a lot of good things about swarm commander and was just seeing for myself. In the picture it looks lower than it is , it's about 7-8' off the ground. I would have liked to have got it higher but I didn't have a ladder.

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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Jacobs » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:32 pm

Set up my swarm lure/bait hive today--
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It is early for this season, but with over a month of pollen patties and sugar water, I am seeing some capped and uncapped drone brood in my strongest hives at the house.

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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Jacobs » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:05 pm

I have seen a couple of bees land and go in my swarm trap just a few minutes ago. I made sure the dark frame I put in along with 9 undrawn did not have honey or pollen in it. I hope these are scouts and not just bees looking for a free meal.

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Re: Swarm traps

Post by Jacobs » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:12 pm

There is more interest in my swarm trap hive this afternoon. Bees are showing little interest in the "Jacobs Nectarometer" or in partial honey frames I have uncapped and set out. If I see more activity tomorrow as temperatures warm, it may be time for a small spritz of Swarm Commander on the landing board.

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