Re: How to protect old brood comb in swarm traps in the south?
The best way I have come up with so far is to take the comb out of the trap every four or five days (incubation period for wax moth eggs), replace with new bait comb and freeze the original comb over night. Four or five days later, exchange the new bait comb with the original comb and freeze the newer bait comb. Basically, 2 sets of bait comb per trap so that you can continually rotate and freeze. This is what I'm planning on doing this coming season close to where I live. The farther traps will not have comb, just lure due to the amount of time involved in checking those. I have not tested this method yet, so take with a grain of salt. I'm also planning to experiment with using 5 gallon styrofoam coolers for traps. It beats paying $20 for a swarm trap out of a catalog. Good luck!
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