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  1. #1
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    Default There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Had this out for about two hours and when I went to check on it, I saw I had a few customers:

    http://flic.kr/p/bkaRwW

    This is so exciting!

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Did you put old comb in it? Probably bees robbing out any bits of honey or pollen they can find.

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Just lemon grass oil and frames with beeswax on them.

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Looks to me like they're house hunting. They have that excited demeanor. I would bet they will make a decision in several days. Good luck and keep us posted!
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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    yeah rub it in, I got up and it was snowing. It doesnt snow here but maybe twice a year. I am thinking of adding frames of foundation to my traps this year, did you do all foundation or just some bees wax on a top bar?
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    @ Charlie: I hope they do! I'll definitely keep you posted.

    @ Minz: I have room for eight frames in there. I am trying it with three frames with foundation, and two foundationless with guides with beeswax in the tops of them. I'm hoping they find things to their liking.

    This one's in my back yard--from the bee activity I've seen there in the past few years, I'm pretty sure there are a few hives closeby, and if they should swarm, I'm hoping they move in here. I have three more boxes made up and just need to find some good places to put 'em.

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Ok, so this morning I went and checked on my swarm trap and saw the bees going in and out of it as before, however, they were doing it much faster as if I was watching them in a video that was on fast forward. Later this afternoon, I opened up the garage door and saw a bunch of debris in the air (it has been really windy here all day). Then, as I got closer, I realized the debris was really a swarm of bees! AND they were headed straight for my back yard!!! I quickly ran through the house and out the back door and saw the whole backyard was in a flurry. I spied my swarm trap and shot this quick video:

    http://flic.kr/p/bzYp6k

    And as any proud father would do, I snapped several photos:

    http://flic.kr/p/bn4ybu

    http://flic.kr/p/bzYpuM

    http://flic.kr/p/bzYpwa

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Congrats on the swarm! Looks very exciting.

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Color me green with envy! But congrats to you - how fun! I'm ready to put one out myself - hope I get lucky too!!
    Zone 7b ~ Central Arkansas
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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    congrats, put out one trap yesterday, but think its early 4 me.
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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    YES! What did I tell ya. I knew they were checking it out earlier. Nice work! Now, we have a swarm capture contest going on another thread:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...702#post762702

    Go to this thread and read the rules and report your capture.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Well, Ive been trying to get a swarm trap up for 2 weeks now. My weekend starts tomorrow so maybe then. ITMT, I am just getting too excited by all the swarm so that I put up a makeshift trap. What the heck, right? I'm fishing the lazy way!

    It's sitting on my front porch - ha! But I do have some old comb (not in a frame, just in a wad - is that what you do?) and a cotton ball with lgo. Who knows, anything is possible. Tomorrow maybe hubby will drag out that ladder for me.
    Zone 7b ~ Central Arkansas
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    Nice job . I just checked and re-baited my swarm trap from last year this past weekend. It a bit colder down here still, but I figure better to put out the trap early than late. I've got a huge cotton wood in the river that throws swarms every year and with any luck I will be able to catch one. My trap sits right near my driveway up about 10-12 feet (and about 200 feet from the "cottonwood hive" down the road) so I anxiously check on it every time I drive by hoping to see some activity. I am using some swarm lures given to me by my neighbor who is a pest control guy and few old drawn frames/comb. The rest are empty frames.

    I have no idea where he got the lures but he gave me about 30 or so and a lot of them say bee-lure on the package. Some look like these from Brushy Mountain http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/253/ and the rest look like little clear pieces of glass or candy about 1/8" long. Anyone have any success with swarm lures or know about how long they last before refreshing is needed? I planned on using LGO but decided since the lures were free I'd use em up first.
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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Congrats man! Now you are going to be hooked on the same drug as the rest of us. SWARM TRAPPING!
    Jason Bruns
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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Thank you! I had my doubts that it would work without old comb, but as you can see just a bit of melted bees wax and lemon grass oil definitely works!

    I'm off to the garage to build more...

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Quote Originally Posted by kentuckyjeff View Post
    congrats, put out one trap yesterday, but think its early 4 me.
    I'd rather have it up and ready than miss out on an opportunity

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    my thoughts exactley,16 traps out.and over 20 on hold for now.let them snif em out and now there thear.kinda early hear but they will keep them in mind when tyhe time is right

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    danpunch,

    that is SO cool! hmm...looks like i have plans this weekend.

    stacy

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Build it and they will come!
    Jason Bruns
    LetMBee.com YouTube

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    Default Re: There Seems To Be Some Interest In My Swarm Traps!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    YES! What did I tell ya. I knew they were checking it out earlier. Nice work! Now, we have a swarm capture contest going on another thread:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...702#post762702

    Go to this thread and read the rules and report your capture.
    Sheesh! There's some stiff competition there! I'm glad I just got my Home Depot card paid off; looks like I'm going to be buying a bunch of plywood

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