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    Re: Trapping 2018 - success rate?

    4 traps/ 0 swarms

    same as previous 2 years

    One scout seen, Similar to year 1.

    Switched from lemongrass oil to swarm commander. Results were no different.
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    Re: When should a swarm queen start laying?

    Far from expert here, but if there are more than one egg per cell (particularly a dozen) isn't that a sign of laying workers?
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    Re: Hey, I saw a scout

    Ahh, that makes sense. Still [*SIGH*]
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    Hey, I saw a scout

    3rd year attempting to trap (4 traps this year). This year, this past Thursday, for the first time, saw my first definitive scout. The scout explored around the trap and then went in.

    I...
  5. Thread: Pennsylvania

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Well, I'm on my second year of attempting to swarm trap, and nada. But congratulations Scottie52!
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    Re: Native bee advice

    I had something incorrect. I move them September (sometimes October) to my garage - not December.
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    Re: Looking for Brood Comb

    I would gladly do that, but have no hives as yet. Thus the swarm trapping.

    Good suggestion though.
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    Re: Management for straight combs

    What did you use as a comb guide?

    TIA
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    Re: Native bee advice

    If they have filled the holes with mud then they are most likely mason bees (though not very flattering to the bee), in motion around the nest they remind me of a cross between a bee and a fly. ...
  10. Re: Are there specific hints and/or signs that occur before a swarm moves into a trap

    Seeley was mentioned before. If you haven't read "Honeybee Democracy" by Seeley, I would recommend it. It's not specifically about swarm trapping, but has an incredible amount of useful information...
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    Looking for Brood Comb

    I am attempting to swarm trap, and in my research I have discovered that old brood comb increases your chance of success. I wish to purchase decent* brood comb from a cutout or removed from a frame...
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    Re: cut out question

    Do you mean you changed the orientation from (in exempla) east - west to north-south

    or the frames now have been turned 9O degrees some other way?
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Seems either that eastern PA beekeepers don't post as much here, or western PA gets swarms earlier, or eastern PA doesn't have many bees to swarm. :s
  14. Re: New bee keeper having good luck with swarm trapping.

    Congratulations.

    I'm highly jealous. On my second year of attempting to swarm trap with nada for results.
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    Brood Comb in Swarm Trap Question

    I'm trying to resolve a question.

    I know that brood comb in a swarm trap is beneficial, but is it necessary? I.e. If I have the right-sized traps (in the correct locations), at about 5-8 ft high,...
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    Re: Small hive beetle season?

    Hmm, I wonder if bT put down for Japanese Beetles would help control SHB?
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Asian Pears started blooming yesterday.
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    Re: Beginner Beek Interested in TBH

    Yeah Tomas, I should have mentioned you too. Love your site and what you've posted.
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    Re: Beginner Beek Interested in TBH

    Well, I can't tell you for sure, as I haven't caught any myself yet! :o

    However...
    Well there's the swarm trapping forum on this site you might want to check out. I know ODFrank is one of the...
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    Re: Beginner Beek Interested in TBH

    BeeChick, I understand the cost issues which is why I don't have bees yet and am attempting to get bees by swarm trapping. Was not successful last year (in trapping) and am starting my second year...
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    Re: Relocate swarm trap?

    Good luck with your swarm! On my second year of attempting to swarm trap. I too have the problem of no old brood comb. I even asked some beekeepers last year I thought I knew fairly well, and they...
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    Re: Swarm Trap Shape

    I have a trap that is 18 X 18 X 8 inches deep, (or 2592 cu inches, or slightly over the 40 liter size that supposedly ideal). Mine hasn't worked yet, but only on 2nd year. My transfer of bees to...
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    Re: Using Frames in a Topbar Hive

    I'd like others to comment here. I have orchard mason bees (technically Japanese horn-faced bees (Osmia cornifrons)) and in my experience they *will not* nest in cedar. Does anyone else use cedar...
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    Re: Waxed cardboard deep for bait hive?

    I haven't caught anything yet.

    I've made all my bait hives (). Some were out of cardboard and some wood (and one plastic). I painted all of them w/ two coats of paint. This was not adequate for...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Design

    The thing I'm trying to figure out is how to fabricate this extractor.
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