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  1. #1
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    Default How late do you run swarm traps?

    I realize it depends on region.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How late do you run swarm traps?

    This season I will run them till September.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How late do you run swarm traps?

    Will they build up winter stores in that time tomcat or will you add them to another hive?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: How late do you run swarm traps?

    "How late do you run swarm traps?"
    We're still getting swarms in traps. Consider not using drawn comb this late if there are wax moths in your region.
    Inscrutable little bugs.

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    Default Re: How late do you run swarm traps?

    Quote Originally Posted by frankthomas View Post
    Will they build up winter stores in that time tomcat or will you add them to another hive?
    Yes if we have a good flow of golden rod. And I may have to request them and feed them.

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    Default Re: How late do you run swarm traps?

    I'll be leaving at least one trap out until the beginning of september.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: How late do you run swarm traps?

    I have 30-40 traps out for the last 3 years.

    Last year I caught 20, most were caught in May and Jun, then it drops off to 1 or 2 from July to Sept. Those late swarms are often smaller, some the size of a baseball. Just not enough time to get them to size for the winter. The smaller the hive the more you have to mess with it. Most of my winter losses are those late swarms.

    July - Sept wax moths increase every day until a freeze, I treat with BT but have some pollen left in some comb and the wax moths get one or two of my traps.

    For those reasons I will be pulling my traps in July. I will still leave a few around my apiary.

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