Re: Do you have to put traps near existing bee hives or can you wing it?
There are lots of swarm-trapping threads with tips for the searching. Swarms will often eschew a close-by trap to their mother colony, which makes sense; they don't want to compete directly with their parent colony. While they often have a staging ground (I've learned where it is in each apiary, same durn little tree/fence/bush near every year) it's usually just for doing roll call before hitting the road proper and staging scouts who are looking for the actual end-up spot. Using bait such as used comb, pheromone lures, essential oils, etc. will help but I think it's mostly about proper siting and luck.
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