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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    i had good luck with the mann lake lures. i think they are mostly lemongrass oil and queen phermone, and cheap enough for about four bucks.

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/mm5/merch...1&Search=swarm

    once captured, i found adding a frame of brood kept them from leaving every time.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    All my traps are deeps. This one was as full inside as it was outside. Don't think it would fit inside a 5 frame.311813_402607766467686_769279212_n.jpg

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    I like Bee Scent from Great Lakes Integrated Pest Management. Two tsps undiluted on a paper towel set inside a zip lock baggy and you lay it just inside the entrance. Pennies.

    I use a six-frame deep.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO https://www.createspace.com/4106626
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    My best luck , and some years it works great other years nothing, is 10 frame box or a five frame nuc with at least one brood frame in each. I have had both become occupied, one occupied and neither. I also seem to have a 'little' better chance of collecting swarms when I use a couple drops of lemongrass oil on a frame and a drop or two at the entrance. Just remember I have had great springs and summers doing this and also barren seasons as well. I usually have them next to each other, but there have been times when I have each in a different location.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    I made up a bunch of traps last year using 8 frame medium supers. I'm using all mediums for my operation. In order to get to a more attractive size, I added a 4 inch tray under the medium box (makes it about 40 liters). I made a slide block for the front for when I capture a swarm. A couple eyelet screws and a zip tie and you have them ready to transport.

    I caught 2 swarms last year with this style trap.

    SwarmTrap 007.jpg

    This allows me to lift "lived in" boxes off my hives, add the tray for a more appealing trap.

    Here is a link to a volume calculator to figure out what you are using, or want to build:

    http://dmplastics.ca/volume_calculator.htm

    Happy Trapping ...

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    Lazy W, that's not nice this time of year to be posting that!! yeeoowwwzzzaaa wish we had some that size in our neck of the woods. Good job, but cut it out with those images!!!

  7. #27
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    That was last year. I can't wait for this year. Got my traps ready to go.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    Here's yer study:

    http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/13794/PDF

    Cavity size preferred and distances swarms travel are discussed. 40 - 80 liters with a small bottom entrance seems to be the "sweet spot".

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    yep, i had several go in to empty 10 deeps with reduced lower entrances last year. used the mann lake swarm lure, as i had no queen pheromone on hand.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Swarm trap size

    I was thinking of two jester NUCS pinned together side by side with connecting partition. It's inexpensive and the wait is much easier for me to handle. What are your thoughts?

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