Re: How Often Does Your Trap Get Stolen?
I've only lost one trap when the tree on which it was mounted fell in a straight line wind or tornado.
I used to paint mine dark brown to help hide them but the Texas heat made that a bad idea. Had a few swarms move in and then promptly abscond. Now I paint them white or a very light pastel color with no issues. There's probably a very good reason that white has been the preferred color of beehives over the years. In Nova Scotia I don't think you would have that problem.
All of my traps are on private property, away from the street, road or highway in very rural or small town locations. I make no attempt to hide them but the property owner in almost every case wants the swarm trap there to attract swarms so they can call the crazy bee guy to come get the bees. They see it as a form of protection from the bees where I have removed a swarm or done a cut out in the past. Answering swarm or cutout calls is the best way to find swarm trap locations in my experience. The bees sell the swarm trap idea for you and you know there are bees in the area.
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