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  1. #1
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    Default Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    Hello all,
    I bought some LGO at the health food store today. I bought a .5 oz bottle for $5.49; it says it's pure essential lemongrass oil. I assume this is the stuff you use for swarm lures, correct? If so, then how should I make lures? Cottonballs? How much LGO per cottonball? Anything else I should know? Can I make a bunch at once and then store them? If I can store them, how should that be done? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    Hey, i have enver done this ebfore, so don;t take it as the only way, or even the right way!

    I plan to dip a Q-tip in mine, rub it at the entrance, and rub it around the interior until the Q-tip is a bit dry. then I'll leave the Q-tip in the box, in a small zip-lock bag, and call it a day. Right or wrong, i think this is the way to go for me.

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    Drop 3-4 drops of LGO directly onto the wood on the interior of the swarm trap. You're finished!
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    Mr. Ben I set several swarm traps a year with q-tips. About 2 drops on one end and rub the q-tip around the inside of the box and along a couple of the top bars, then I throw the q-tip in the bottom of the box, seal the box up hang it and start fishing. That is all there is to it.

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Drop 3-4 drops of LGO directly onto the wood on the interior of the swarm trap. You're finished!
    Yeah, but that's too easy and economical.

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    alright, scratch the zip-lock baggie. this just got even easier!

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    I just dip a q-tip in the lemongrass oil and drop it in the bait hive.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    I save the q-tip for soaking in Sea Breeze and cleaning my ear wax.

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    http://www.amazon.com/Lemongrass-100...lemongrass+oil

    $12 for 4 ounces shipping and all. Best deal I've come across so far. That size bottle should last all of us except odfrank about three lifetimes!
    John Sampson-Tucker County, WV
    14 hives - All cutouts and swarms

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    My traps are sealed up when I get to the trap location. I pick up a dried out twig from a pine tree (pine bark is really absorbant) and put 2-3 drops on it. I then thump the twig through the entrance into the swarm trap.

    Ed

    ETA: ...but, so far I haven't caught a swarm...location, location, location...

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    it seems to me one really important factor in swarm traps is to make it used. old comb melted in the trap to get the old hive smell going. then lgo

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    Thanks Cub! Just made a purchase.
    "Someday we will look back and realize someone was right...and conveniently forget we were the ones that were wrong."

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    Default Re: Lemongrass Oil lures - How to make them?

    I use s syringe. A few drops on the wood by the enterance and a small squirt inside. LGO will eat the rubber on the syringe plunger so make sure you wash it up when your done or it will be a single use tool

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