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  1. Re: Swarm moved to the outside of the box...why?

    I've had variations of this - more than a few times I've seen half of them move in and the other half stays balled up outside for hours up to a couple days. Sometimes I've seen them come pouring back...
  2. Re: Swarm traps out. Lemongrass oil vs Swarm Commander. personal video

    I've only used LGO and had decent luck but last year was rather slow. I'll be interested to follow your results. No peer review offered... ;)
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2018

    I haven't spotted any dandelions but before the snow yesterday there was a lot of orange pollen coming in. Things are about to pop!
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    Re: Do you have any humorous sting stories?

    My first swarm trapping experience was a nice little disaster. Funny later so I wrote a song about it. I hope it reads ok - you have to take some liberties with the cadence, but it got a lot of...
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    Re: Swarm Bait (Rebaiting?)

    I followed these plans which resulted in eight traps:
    http://www.horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/swarm-trap-free-plans.shtml

    I seem to always have two of them loaned out to friends. I usually...
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    Re: Venom immunotherapy shortages - what to do?

    Mine ran out too - about the beginning of January and they are scrambling for another source. I was on it for a year and up to what they called the "maintenance dose" but this will probably be a...
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    Re: Swarm Bait (Rebaiting?)

    I think I've made this mistake a couple of times. Had reasonably good success trapping my first two springs but there were a couple instances of swarms hanging outside (sometimes for days) but...
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    Re: Lemongrass oil in swarm traps

    I built 8 traps and rotated them through four locations. Best locations were in apple trees, one netting three swarms and one got two. I followed these plans to build the traps:...
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    Re: Lemongrass oil in swarm traps

    Last spring was my first attempt at trapping and only my 2nd year with hives so had zero drawn frames to play with. May have been dumb luck but I caught seven swarms with all new boxes and plastic...
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    Re: When to put out swarm traps????

    I'm in Colorado so not much help here. Last year was my first trapping experience. Built eight boxes (new lumber even), rotated through four locations and caught seven swarms. I was a little anxious...
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    Re: What is the best size box for a swarm trap?

    I followed these plans:
    http://www.horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/swarm-trap-free-plans.shtml
    which results in 8 traps that are 14 gallon size.
    This is my first year trapping so I'm not a...
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    Re: Keeping bees in a greenhouse?

    First year hoop greenhouse operator and only 2nd year beek - so take this for what it's worth. My impression is that the higher temps overall and the much higher humidity inside would not be optimum....
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    Re: honey bee healthy

    I use it at half the recommended dose and agree robbers get motivated. I only use it on hives with a small entrance reducer. Pretty sure I killed a weak swarm trapped hive by leaving the entrance too...
  14. Re: Newly hived swarm - comb production expectations?

    I have limited experience this being my first year trapping. I've caught six so far and will be picking up another this weekend. From what I'm seeing they are all unique in some way. Your description...
  15. Re: I now understand why staplers are so popular...

    Some of those small capacity compressors are incredibly loud - as in hearing protection mandatory. How is yours? Looks like a good price though.
  16. Re: MANY, MANY Swarms this year. Would you agree?

    My first year trapping so no historical reference but I've caught 6 swarms in 5 locations so far here on the Colorado front range. I'm hooked!
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    Re: Hives on a utility easement problems

    Awesome. Handled perfectly!
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    Re: Hives on a utility easement problems

    We have an easement through the back of our place that is quite large - maintenance roads on both sides of an irrigation canal. We have a copy of the easement document that was put in place long...
  19. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    End of story - unfortunately they did not make it. The population continued to dwindle as they were unable to defend from robbing and the queen did not have enough support staff to get launched....
  20. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    No painted surfaces inside. Four deep frames, one drawn, three new - and lemmongrass oil. They were made from mostly new plywood though, for what that's worth.

    I'm not doing anything different...
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    Re: Did I get the queen?

    Following - I'm new at this myself.
    I've re-hived three swarms so far this spring and only spotted one queen - unfortunately in the weakest swarm.
    One other one showed eggs in only a few days.
    The...
  22. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    So it happened again. I have a trap here at the office - the only one that isn't a long drive away to check on. Naturally it's the only one that's had no action. From April 1st until two days ago I...
  23. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    That's absolutely possible. Caught in a residential area - hundreds of manicured lawns/gardens within foraging distance. As far as not doing anything yet I still want to blame the weather. It's been...
  24. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    An update on the Swarm That Wouldn't Move In.
    As mentioned before, I brushed them into a separate box and brought them home. Due to lots of rain and overnight lows continuing to dip below 40, I put...
  25. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    According to the designer of the plans I followed, these traps are 14 gallons. It's six frames wide but much deeper than a single deep frame.

    I followed these instructions and made eight. I hang...
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