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    Default Swarm traps

    What time of the year is a good time to set swarm traps in east Tennessee

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    Its a little early at this point. I will have mine out by mid-February. Last year I had traps out March 1, and caught one swarm near the end of March.
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    My trap are newly built so they have the sent of new wood I have to use new frames and foundation as well should the be set a little early for that new sent to evaporate.

    What do you use for attraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbillydog View Post
    What do you use for attraction.
    I just used a few drops of lemongrass oil (LGO) directly on the wood inside the trap.

    You may be able to find LGO at local health food store. Or order online, I bought mine at:
    http://www.100pureessentialoils.com/lemongrass-oil.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbillydog View Post
    My trap are newly built so they have the sent of new wood I have to use new frames and foundation as well should the be set a little early for that new sent to evaporate.What do you use for attraction.
    Place a few wads of beeswax and propolis on and inside the entrance and melt them down with a heat gun. You now have instantly aged your trap. Add old combs and LGO and you are off to the races.

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    Thanks for the info

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    I do it pretty much as Rader. -js

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    Around here it's just about dandelion bloom in normal years. Last year was weird, swarms were erratic and HUGE -- a buddy of mine weighed his, and it was almost 9 lbs of bees! Not as many as usual, though, and none after mid April, then a rash of very small swarms in September and into October for some reason, which is NOT normal around here.

    Walt Wright does his checker boarding about 8 weeks before apple blossom in order to head off swarming, so think maybe 4 weeks before apple blossom of swarms to start emerging. Depending on weather, the date could move a week or more in either direction, with the usual pattern being swarms on the first warm, low wind day after cool or wet weather during swarm season.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Swarm traps

    if you have them outside now, the 'new scent of the wood will wear off.

    i caught several in new boxes last year. i had good success with mann lake's swarm lure.

    this year, i will have some drawn brood comb to add as a lure.
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