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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013
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    Lexington, SC
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    Default Should I keep old wax to attract a swarm?

    I was given a tiered hive (not sure what they are called because I'm new to all of this) It has sheets of wax all in the frames. Do I keep that wax on to attract a swarm or should I clean the frames out? Didn't know if a smell from the previous owner's hive would make them not want to live there. Thanks

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
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    Grass Valley, California, USA
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    Default Re: Should I keep old wax to attract a swarm?

    It sound like you are asking if using old equipment is OK for swarm trapping. If this is the case then i would say, yes old equipment/comb is ok. But just leaving the boxes out waiting for a swarm, no. This is only my opinion. I would suggest you go on youtube and browse for ways to make swarm traps. I have seen some quick easy ways to make swarm traps and I am trying one now. Another way to increase your chances of catching a swarm is to bait it with a few drops of lemon grass oil. Hope this helps
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    San Mateo, Ca, USA
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    Default Re: Should I keep old wax to attract a swarm?

    old comb (especially the dark comb) > new comb

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