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