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    Sad Swarms

    I have an exterminator that started bringing me swarms and nests from unwanted locations that he has captured. Instead of killing them, he wants me to try to hive them. I have not had any success on getting them to stay; I have tried it 5 times. Can any of you give me any info on how to get them to stay in my boxes? They have all left after eating my feed within a few days.

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    Sounds to me like they may not have queens with them. If no queens in the swarms, then they won't stay.
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    Can you give them an open frame of brood when you hive them. I have had great luck getting difficult swarms to stick with this technique. Also a swarm lure pheromone helps or lemon grass oil. Are you hiving them on foundation or drawn comb? At least one old comb can also help, as it is very attractive to swarms and gives them something to work with.
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    Yes I can give an open frame of brood; I will try that. I have never used any lures, do you use them? As to foundation, I have used a couple drawn comb and the rest foundation. With the one, they completely ignored the drawn comb and started their own before leaving. I also do not have the best luck in getting them all out of the exterminator's box and into my hive. The one stayed for 3 days, and on Sunday as I was heading to church, I saw them up in one of my oak trees, and when I returned, they were all gone, after eating all of the sugar syrup. Thanks for the input.

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    Could you ask the exterminator to call you when he comes across a swarm so you could go out to pick them up? Moving them into one box might be more successful than moving them into a box, driving a ways, then transferring them to a different box.

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    Ditto on the open frame of brood. I also give them some syrup (1 to 1). I've never lost a swarm when I do that. I have heard of others losing them with these steps but it knocks the chances down dramatically.
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