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  1. #1
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    Default Medium frames in Bait Hive

    I am building several bait hives with approx dimensions of 19X10X13. This would hold regular deep frames. Since I really want to use all medium frame equipment. So the question is; would there be any drawbacks of putting medium frames in the bait hive I just described. I want keep a 40ltr volume to counter catching an Africanized swarm. Or is there a better solution for the bait hive?

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    Default Re: Medium frames in Bait Hive

    I use medium frames in a deep hive body for my traps. Just cut off what they build under the frames when hiving the swarm.

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    Default Re: Medium frames in Bait Hive

    I have a question.How does a 40 ltr box counter africanized swarms?That is the first I have heard of that.I'm still not too old to learn.
    Also an observation.If there are Africanized colonies in my area I want them to occupy my traps.That way I can deal with them....permanently.

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    Default Re: Medium frames in Bait Hive

    I have just read that Africanized bees go for smaller traps in general. Smaller than 30 liters. So I wanted to keep my traps in the 40 liter range but still use my medium frames. tefer2 answered my question above. Thanks

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    Default Re: Medium frames in Bait Hive

    joebat, I also check my swarm traps weekly in case someone moves in. They will not make a big mess if you can get to them every few weeks for a look see.
    I find that a thermos of coffee and nice walk in the woods helps me relax from my work week.

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    Default Re: Medium frames in Bait Hive

    I'm not sure that I buy into the notion that smaller traps are preferred by AHB. I live in an AHB positive county and have never trapped any AHB in my 5 frame deep nuc traps perhaps, anecdotally, confirming the exact opposite. tefer2 has given you a great way to deal with medium frames in a deep trap. I think you'll have equally good luck catching swarms in medium as opposed to deep traps if you use LGO for an attractant.

    I also agree with gone2seed that if AHB are in my area I want them to occupy my traps and not takeover my hives which I've read they will do but have not witnessed.

    Based on the fact that my county is considered AHB positive and I have not trapped any yet, I'm thinking the whole AHB thing is way overblown.
    When you stop learning you're dead.

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    Default Re: Medium frames in Bait Hive

    I though AHB swarmed in big masses, which is another reason they can be a problem. If so they would be looking for bigger homes.

    If LGO and old brood cone attracks AHB just as well, then size of the trap might not make much of a difference anyway.

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