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  1. #21
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    Apr 2012
    Location
    East Lansing Michigan USA
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    31

    Default Re: swarm catching odds

    This past year was my first at beekeeping.... I put up two traps and caught two swarms. I was surprised, since the consensus seems to be you have to be lucky. I used swarm lure, couple drops of lemon grass oil on the entrance, and "painted" the inside with melted bees wax....
    Got them at the end of June.
    Read the Cornell paper on bait hives, good luck.

    http://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstrea...ney%20Bees.pdf

  2. #22
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    May 2012
    Location
    Roanoke, VA
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    Default Re: swarm catching odds

    I put out around 20 this past year, but the only swarm I caught was in an empty top bar nuc in my back yard, not baited or anything. Go figure. I'm thinking maybe next year I should put all 20 plus in my back yard!

  3. #23
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    DFW area, TX, USA
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    Default Re: swarm catching odds

    I put out five boxes and got three swarms, one with a yellow marked queen. Traps were close to 40 liters in volume, 1 1/4 inch hole with a nail in it to keep birds out, swarm lure, melted wax painted inside cavity and placed as high as I could manage, none over 8'.
    LeeB
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

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