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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm trap placement

    I live in the mountains of East Tennessee. Fields mixed in with trees everywhere (mostly trees, predominantly oak). I was wondering where would be the best bet to put a swarm trap?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Swarm trap placement

    If you only have one, I'd put it in/on a tree, at least 6 ft off the ground, but not high enough to hurt you getting it down.

    Last year I scattered 5 around mine and my neighbors' properties. The one swarm that I caught was in the only one mounted to a tree trunk, 6 ft off the ground, also next to a creek. This year I have 9 traps, 6 of which are sitting on L-brackets ratchet-strapped to tree trunks, 6-8 ft up. Its a bit early to judge how successful those traps will be this year.
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Swarm trap placement

    Google Tom Seeley.
    It is also on this forum. Excellent info on bait boxes, size, placement etc. Not a huge article but worth reading if you are into bait boxes.
    Happy trapping
    Rick

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    Default Re: Swarm trap placement

    Here's the Seeley document that Rick 1456 mentioned:
    http://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstrea...ney%20Bees.pdf
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Swarm trap placement

    Thanks Rader

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Swarm trap placement

    I've had good success in placing traps in trees, 6 to 8 feet off the ground in sheltered areas like fence rows, small ravines, creeks...whatever seems to break the wind and give the traps some shade. I like to think of trapping like fishing=some days it works and some days it don't, even with the same bait in the same location. There's a lot of variables, but nothing ventured, nothing gained so I hang traps all over the county.

    Grant
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