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  1. #1
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    I was not a good beekeeper last fall.
    I was sloppy with feeding syrups.
    I also used spearmint and lemongrass oils.
    I noticed this combination made robbing terrible.

    Recent swarm catching posts suggest summing of several conditions to improve the chance of catching swarms to greater than 1 in 10.

    These are:
    1. Boxes of adequate size (10 Frame Deep or 2 Med)
    2. Using old used brood comb
    3. Hanging the bait box 8 feet or taller
    4. Real queen phermone attractants
    5. Essential oils to mock queen phermons (lemongrass)
    6. Facing the bait box entrace to the South

    Has anyone ever tried feeding syrups (scented?) on empty bait boxes?
    This would seem to create more bee scented "traffic" in the box and a potential to have more scout bees "notice" or "smell" the bait box. Front Boardmen feeders may not create as much traffic as say a top feeder/jar where the bees are forced to traverse the entire hive body.

    Anyone have any experiences or thoughts to add?

    Jeff
    There is always more than one way to skin a cat, that's of course if you're into eating cats.

  2. #2
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    lewisberry, Pa, usa
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    I have not done this.

    Luring scout bees and the occassional passer-by with a lure is one thing. Having a mass feeding and that much traffic at swarm trap may be less inviting to bees seeking a new home. But I really don't know myself.

    I would just stick with lures myself.

  3. #3
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    It would attract more bees, but my guess would be it would mostly be just your own bees. I agree with BjornBee.
    TXBEE

  4. #4
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    I would expect that any feed would promote robbing and not swarm attraction. Swarm attraction is done by the queen pheremone lure.
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



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