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    Well I baited up a CATCH HIVE to day. Trying to catch some of those May Swarms. I have only heard of one swarm in my area so far. I will let yall know how it goes.

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    What did you use for bait?
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Brushy Mountain Pheromone Lure

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    That should work.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I prefer cheese bait.....Oh wait thats for catfishing! I bought some of the swarm lure too. Put it in a nuc with 4 new frames and one old frame of drawn out brood cells.

    Hope you catch a couple!
    If you see me runnin' you'd better keep up!
    http://hillshivery.blogspot.com/

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    I went away for 4 days and when I returned I had caught a swarm.

    The lure worked!

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    I like the Lemongrass essential oil just as well and it's cheaper. But the comercial stuff works fine too.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I would like to try baiting a "catch hive" also.
    I have the lemongrass oil and extra deeps (or mediums) with new foundation or drawn comb.

    Could you be more descriptive as how to go about doing this? And is hive placement an important consideration?

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    I used an old hive body with some dark combs. I stapled the bait to the front inside about 1 inch above the entrance. Placed the hive up about 8 feet and waited...... Worked for me!

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    Old combs are good. A few drops (3 to 4) of Lemongrass oil on the top bar of the middle frame is what I do. Or hang the bait with a stick pin.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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