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  1. #1
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    Default Lemon grass oil--How often

    How often should I apply the lure scent? One time? Twice?---Depending on rainfall flooding the floor at the entrance maybe. Please advise.
    Thanks,
    LtlWilli

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Lemon grass oil--How often

    Once, a few drops on a comb and a few in the entrance works for me.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Lemon grass oil--How often

    Is there such a thing as too much lure? I put more than usual this year in a trap and have not seen any swarms and very very few scouts.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Lemon grass oil--How often

    I dunno---seems like an overabundance of scent would cause suspicion.--Just a guess.
    LtlWilli

  5. #5
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    Barry, TX USA
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    Default Re: Lemon grass oil--How often

    I put 4-5 drops on "lures" I make from cottonballs and 2" sections of drinking straw. Lasts a whole season for me.
    When you stop learning you're dead.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Lemon grass oil--How often

    I use a half opened sandwich bag containing cotton balls or a piece of paper towel with 4 or 5 drops of lemongrass oil soaked in it. I lay the sandwich bag on the floor of the trap near the back. It last forever inside the bag and I never have to re-apply.

    I don't think you can use too much. When I first started I was ridiculous about the amount I was using thinking more is better. I soaked paper towels until they were dripping. I rubbed it all over the entrance once a day, etc. They still moved in. I backed off to just what I'm doing now and they still moved it.

    Although I have to say I think it was more about the old comb and the "already lived in" box I was using rather than the lemongrass oil.

    I had completely forgot to apply lemongrass oil when I set up the bait hive two weeks ago. A huge swarm just moved in.

    Go figure!!!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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  7. #7
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    haworth, oklahoma
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    Default Re: Lemon grass oil--How often

    i agree w charlie. the old comb and lived in box is huge. i have been trying to get bees in all of my nuc boxes even if it means using a new one when i have an empty old one. the extras ought to make good swarm traps next spring.

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