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    Re: Swarm trap disaster

    Sorry to hear your troubles. I have learned such lessons in beekeeping. I too do the same thing. As soon as pollen is entering I try to get them moved and hived.
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    Re: 10 frame deep as swarm trap

    I put screws in my first nine boxes just as you describe back in 2011. I did my next 9 traps without the screws. The last 10 were constructed without the screws. As long as you are using a strap,...
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    Re: 10 frame deep as swarm trap

    I have about 30 of these made. They work well.

    http://letmbee.com/do-it-yourself/swarm-trap-plans/
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    Re: How high does the trap have to be?

    I use chain....
    http://letmbee.com/do-it-yourself/how-i-hang-a-swarm-trap/
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    Re: How high does the trap have to be?

    You will get all kinds of responses here. I would recommend putting it in a location that does not require the use of a ladder. Just for safety reasons. I used to put them all at 10 feet until...
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    Re: Question about Bait hives or Swarm Traps

    iivydriff: I would say it probably has absolutely no bearing on whether a swarm pics your trap or not. As stated in other responses most feral hives I find have multiple entrances. If you don't...
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    Re: Why is this happening?

    Can you tell if they have built any comb on the outside of the box?
    I don't know what causes it, but looking back through my notes and pictures I see wax built on the outside of the box and the...
  8. Re: Lost three hives this winter need swarms but when to put out traps

    As a rule humans are bad at predicting the future.... You are a lot more likely to catch swarms if you have traps made and up. My established hives came through the winter strong. I think there...
  9. Re: Check out this view of one of our swarm traps.

    Alright. That looks like a good one.
  10. Re: Lost three hives this winter need swarms but when to put out traps

    Now is fine for putting up traps. I will be putting mine up over the next 2-3 weeks. I never treat the frames I take from deadouts. If the hive was dead and it froze for 48 hours afterwards moth...
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    Re: Why is this happening?

    I have had that 2 times. Can you see the queen crawling around on the outside? Both times they eventually left. Let us know the outcome.
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    Re: Synthetic Queen Lures - Thoughts?

    Pheromone and LGO in combination may work best, but for the money LGO alone works well in Indiana. Maybe if I wasn't so cheap I'd catch more bees. Experiment and keep us all posted.
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    Re: First Ever Swarm Trap Success

    Awesome....
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    Re: indiana traps set

    Beeditch: that's a great sign. In my area those types of locations produce swarms. So every time you take down a full trap put up a new one right away....

    Good luck.
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    Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    awebber: It's totally like fishing. So many aspects of being successful are parallel, with patterning being the key to success. Just like smallmouth are usually going to be off secondary structure...
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    Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    burns375 --- Just to clarify... I target locations where there AREN’T kept hives. I look for feral bees because I don’t want swarms that were “created” by beeks feeding sugar syrup in the early...
  17. Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites

    I have noticed something like what you are describing. I have also had large numbers of scouts stay overnight in some of the traps before. The first year I trapped I thought this was just a fluke,...
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    Re: Swarm Trap Placement

    Either place them at those locations or somewhere on your ROUTES to and from those locations. I don't "ususally" put more than 1 trap in any 1 say square mile location. That may be wrong, but I...
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    Re: Swarm trap saturation?

    I agree with Mr. Bush? Spread a wide net at first. As you catch swarms you will find a "pattern" in your area. Then you repeat the pattern to be successful. It is just like fishing. Once you...
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    Re: Newbee Trying Trapping

    I would recommend putting more frames in there. Even if you didn't buy foundationless frames you can take a wedge top frame... Rotate the wedge 90 degrees and nail it to the frame. I have many...
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    Re: Swarm death three days after capture. WHY?

    OBG: don't beat yourself up over it. I have had swarms mysteriously fail on me after capture 2 or three times.... Get ready for the next one... :)
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    Re: swarm capture questions

    Crabbydaddy - try it and if I'm wrong come back here and let me know... I learned that from an old beekeeper who is no longer with us. Though his grammar may have even been worse than even mine he...
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    Re: swarm capture questions

    Heh... Ok grammar lady. I will stick with knowing bees..... if making grammar errors makes me a nut.... GUILTY.

    Can you explain what a climber is? Why am I an imposter? Do you take mood...
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    Re: swarm capture questions

    Beebopp – I would like to know the reference you used to ascertain that bees hate old walked on comb and “don’t like it”.

    Why is it that swarm trappers use old comb in their traps? *Why? Because...
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    Re: swarm capture questions

    Beebopp..... Excuse me? Old comb from my own hives is very valuable. Do a little experiment before you discount it buddy boy. Bees love old comb.... See who is nutty. I've done nothing to...
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