seeking a good formula for making swarm lures. Roy
seeking a good formula for making swarm lures.
Try taking the queens you are replacing and put them into alcohol (1-2 ounce jars) and let them soak until the alcohol turns brownish. Then keep adding your old queens, extra virgin queens, supercedure queens, etc.
All you need to use is a few drops with an eye dropper on your baits. The queens in solution just stary there or you can grind them up and just keep soaking them.
Another alternative is to use citrus extract/oil, lemon extract/oil, or extra virgin olive oil as an enticement, as the scents all attract bees and hence swarms. I have known of beekeepers to mix two or more together here i.e. extra virgin olive oil with either citrus or lemon extracts.
Hope this helps you.
Dee A. Lusby