Intheswamp....I would set a trap on it, not near it, and get two to four colonies from the tree during this year, and more in years to come. Swarm traps nearby, are hit and miss. Trap set on the tree is guaranteed.
Cleo, so you are you saying put a swarm trap directly on the tree? I thought they were swarming for crowding and trying to put space between them and the mother colony. What about 5' away?
I may have to enter this challenge after all...
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