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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013
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    Default can I bait my hive?

    I am new at this, so please don't laugh at my silly questions! I just recently posted on here about trying to catch my own swarm in central SC. I wanted to know if I can also "bait" my top bar hive as well since I only have one swarm bait box. Is this a bad idea or will it increase my chances of not only catching a swarm, but also catching it right in my hive?

  2. #2
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: can I bait my hive?

    There is no harm in adding 3-4 drops of lemongrass oil to a permanent hive body. Just do not overdo it! I put LGO in my TBHs last spring prior to installing packages in hopes of encouraging them to not abscond. Those hives are doing well, and one of them I split yesterday.
    ultracrepidarian >> noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside of his expertise

  3. #3
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    Jackson, MO
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    Default Re: can I bait my hive?

    No such things as a silly question. I use deadout hives in remote yards as swarm traps, baited with pheromone lures and old comb. I've had some swarms move into deadouts even before I could come back and clean out the dead bees. These hives tend to dispell the notion of hanging a trap 8 feet off the ground with the entrance pointed south.

    I'd place all kinds of empty hives around if you're looking to catch swarms.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO https://www.createspace.com/4106626
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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