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  1. #1
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    Apr 2005
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    Clinton, Illinois
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    Default Old swarm traps and mice

    For about 5 years I have used the swarm traps made out of the molded fiber material. Up until this year I've always had good luck catching swarms with them. This year I have not caught any but I think that the mice have urinated in them so much I think the bees no longer find them attrative in spite of the lemongrass oil lures I've always used. Does this theory have any merit? I've had issues in the past where I periodically have to remove mice so I know they have taken residence from time to tome. Time to throw these traps away due to the smell?

  2. #2
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    May 2002
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    San Mateo, CA
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    Default Re: Old swarm traps and mice

    Switch to wooden five frame nucs which can be washed out and catch the swarm on easily transferable frames.

  3. #3
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    Park City Ky
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    Default Re: Old swarm traps and mice

    Seal the entrance after swarm season is over, will keep mice out.

    cchoganjr

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    Southern Illinois
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    Default Re: Old swarm traps and mice

    Ive caught a swarm with two mice in the box. The mice did not survive.

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