Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: swarm lure

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Mt. Washington,KY
    Posts
    144

    Question swarm lure

    I'm sure it's already been asked a dozen times but, what do you use for swarm lure bait and where do you find it? How do you use it. Thanks for all your info in advance. Pembroke

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Devils Lake, North Dakota
    Posts
    9,123

    Default

    I use lemon grass oil....... The bees are driven to it.
    It is inexpensive (only need a few drops) and goes
    a long way.

    I also take old brood comb (you know, the really dark
    stuff) and melt it down. I then paint the trap inside
    with the melted brood comb.

    I use a standard 5 frame Nuc box as a swarm trap.

    Another lure is to keep your dead queen instilled in
    grain alcohol, after a few queens have sat in the
    alcohol it make a good lure too.

    Here's a source I've used for lots of essential oils.
    Reasonable...........

    Essential Oil - Lemon Grass

  3. #3

    Default

    I have used both swarm lure from Brushy Mountain (the one in the plastic vial) and lemongrass oil from the health food section of our local Hannaford.

    I can't say as I can tell the different. I have caught quite a few swarms on both.

    I hang my swarm traps around my apiary locations in the first week of May and keep them up all summer.

    Every year I catch a couple of swarms. It seems like once you've caught a swarm in a particular trap, that trap becomes more attractive.

    Good luck and have fun!
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Ludington, Michigan
    Posts
    639

    Default

    lemon grass oil in a 21" sona tube with end plugs and frame rest. 3-4 old dark frames hanging inside

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Devils Lake, North Dakota
    Posts
    9,123

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    lemon grass oil in a 21" sona tube with end plugs and frame rest. 3-4 old dark frames hanging inside
    Interesting....... what diameter? How do you get the
    frame rests in and the frames out?

    Pics???

    Sounds like a great idea.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Ennis, TX USA
    Posts
    5,125

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post

    Pics???

    Sounds like a great idea.

    Chuck Norris has a grizzly bear carpet in his room. The bear isn't dead it is just afraid to move.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Devils Lake, North Dakota
    Posts
    9,123

    Default

    Excellent............ thanks Danno and Derek. Very
    good idea...... cheap and light.

    I was against posting pictures, and now I see that I
    was just plain wrong.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Ludington, Michigan
    Posts
    639

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    lemon grass oil in a 21" sona tube with end plugs and frame rest. 3-4 old dark frames hanging inside
    correction 12" sona tube 21" long
    The ends are screwed on so I just take the screws out and pop one end out

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads