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  1. #1
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    Default First swarm trap catch

    Yesterday I noticed there was a swarm in a trap I set up about 3 weeks ago. This is my first time using swarm traps, I don't know how long they have been in it but I noticed they are bringing in pollen. Just thought I'd share a couple pics:

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    Matt....

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Yay! Free bees! Good Job!

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    SWEET!

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Thanks for the pictures! They help getting a better understanding of how and where swarm traps should be positioned... Is the opening facing west?

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Yes, since you mentioned it the opening was facing west, I never intended it to it just worked out that way....
    Matt....

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Big woo hoo for W 88
    cool box,,,,,simple,,,like the use of eletion sign material for the roof

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Can I hijack this thread for a moment?

    I placed a bait hive out on a property of a farmer I know the other day.

    Is this setup any more-or-less dangerous than anything else?

    Someone suggested I would have problems getting it down if a swarm took up residence. He suggested a pulley system to get it down. I'm not denying that may be the case - but aren't most other bait hives about this high in a tree and need ladders to retrieve without pulley systems?





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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    It is less dangerous coming down, than going up IMO

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick 1456 View Post
    It is less dangerous coming down, than going up IMO
    Well, with a swarm inside, I can understand it being a bit heavier, but not enough to be THAT big of a deal, right?

    I must admit it would not be a pleasant situation to fall off a ladder with a bait hive full of angry bees. The injuries would be legion.

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    What I do is strap, tape everything!!!!!! Prepare for the worst. Full bee suit or whatever you wear for an angry hive. The bees are not very forgiving in an accident situation. Better to have and not need, then to need and not have. Saved my hiney more than once.
    Have fun!

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Rick, please explain the strap and how you use it.

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    Just tie down straps. Across the top front and back to secure the top. Rachet or what ever. I'll run electricians tape sometimes. I tape the screen edges over the entrance if it looks flimsy,,and, I'll staple the ends of the tape to make sure nothing come loose. An un even top can be no fun. Check to be sure. Swarm boxes are usually cobbled and after sitting a while, they warp. Just saying

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    In the first pictures of the bait box there is a nail across the entrance, would someone explain why it is there?? ( I know it is holding something.

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    Default Re: First swarm trap catch

    The nail is to keep the birds out....
    Matt....

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