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    http://www.scentry.com/Beescent.htm

    This product was developed to attract bees for pollination but it works well in my swarm traps and is stone cheap and you get enough to supply the whole club if you want. They have a whole range of pheromones for sale.

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    Yes, I have used that to attract swarms before and it does work. I heard about it long ago here at beesource. One of the long time members, Grant or Ross, can't recall exactly who.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    http://www.scentry.com/Beescent.htm

    This product was developed to attract bees for pollination but it works well in my swarm traps and is stone cheap and you get enough to supply the whole club if you want. They have a whole range of pheromones for sale.
    I used it last year for the first time and I caught a huge primary swarm. It's only cheap if you don't have to pay $30.00 shipping like I had to, but I have enough for 10 years of trapping.

    Quote Originally Posted by AstroBee View Post
    Yes, I have used that to attract swarms before and it does work. I heard about it long ago here at beesource. One of the long time members, Grant or Ross, can't recall exactly who.
    I read the thread started by Grant.
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    I would have sent you a saturated cotton square of cloth in a zip loc that would have provided you with several years worth of trap needs for nothing my friend. I can't help it if you like to throw money around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    I would have sent you a saturated cotton square of cloth in a zip loc that would have provided you with several years worth of trap needs for nothing my friend. I can't help it if you like to throw money around!
    Hey Vance,
    I'll take that saturated cloth!
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    I am sure you would my friend but you are not my friend Colimo who has to deal with a postal system that was the actual model for Obamacare! You can get the whole lifetime bottle which a YOUNG man like you may need for less than Thirty fat yankee dollars thru the declining American postal system!

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    Wow Vance, you are a curmudgeon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    I would have sent you a saturated cotton square of cloth in a zip loc that would have provided you with several years worth of trap needs for nothing my friend. I can't help it if you like to throw money around!
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    I know the meaning of that word and I resemble that remark! Colimo! If I had known you were a socialist, I wouldn't have made the offer!

    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    Wow Vance, you are a curmudgeon

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    Is this better than old comb and lemongrass oil? I mean I am not having much luck with lemongrass oil and old comb. So, maybe the local bee clubs should buy this product. The clubs could hand this out during the April meetings, as first swarms happen around Memorial Day- in my area.

    P.S. My club is always trying to hand out matches with the club logo. I would much rather have the 'genie in the bottle', magic swarm lure.
    Last edited by linn; 02-13-2015 at 06:53 PM. Reason: a few things

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    Quote Originally Posted by linn View Post
    Is this better than old comb and lemongrass oil? I mean I am not having much luck with lemongrass oil and old comb. So, maybe the local bee clubs should buy this product. The clubs could hand this out during the April meetings, as first swarms happen around Memorial Day- in my area.

    P.S. My club is always trying to hand out matches with the club logo. I would much rather have the 'genie in the bottle', magic swarm lure.
    I still use some old comb with the BeeScent and I take some scum gum I run through an old food processor, mix it with a little melted bees wax and brush it around the inside of the trap. Also I don't know if it makes a difference but every swarm I've caught, the trap entrance has faced east. That could be because around here the prevailing wind is from the west.
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    >I am not having much luck with lemongrass oil and old comb.

    I would suspect that you are not in range of a lot of swarms.

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    Last year was not a good year for swarms-rainy and cold. The pear trees did not have pears. Next year might be better.

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    Unless you're extremely wealthy like Ollie Frank and can afford placing over 50 traps out in the spring, you're going to have off seasons. Not every season will bring you unlimited swarms. There are to many variables to predict a good year or not.

    It's like fishing, cast your line out and see what bites!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Unless you're extremely wealthy like Ollie Frank and can afford placing over 50 traps out in the spring, you're going to have off seasons
    What is a better value? Buying packages of drug crutched commercial bees most of whom do not survive the first winter?

    Or spending your lonely, rainy winters building bait hives out of free lumber and catching huge durable local survivor swarms?

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    I'm not wealthy by any means....yet (however, I have a very rich life), but I place out at least two dozen traps each year in two or three different counties. Had a 65% catch rate last year (first year to try it). I check them every 1-2 weeks. My wife enjoys tagging along too. You'd be surprised what one person can do with a little bit of time management and a lot of determination. Some of my first boxes were built out of dumpster scraps from construction sites, and didn't cost me a penny other than time building them. Don't regret it one bit. It's gone from literally nothing to something in just a couple years, and honestly at that. Next year, my goal is to have fifty traps out. And yes....I think there are good years and bad years.
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    Last year was a real bad year for swarms up here due to the extreme cold from the winter before. Swarm calls this past season were nill and cutouts remained steady. Drawn comb worked real well for me with no lure. There has to be bees in the area you are trapping. You can have gallons of lure but if there are no bees within sniffing distance you're wasting time and money. Good luck this season.

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    Talon,

    I do about the same numbers you do. For me, it's the most exciting part of beekeeping. We're in for an early swam season this year so fingers crossed!
    My opinions are based on a decade of beekeeping, book learning and watching YouTube videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Talon,

    I do about the same numbers you do. For me, it's the most exciting part of beekeeping. We're in for an early swam season this year so fingers crossed!
    I agree with you Charlie! Don't get me wrong...rearing queens, making splits, and extracting honey are all fun, but the anticipation of catching swarms is unequivocal.
    Like Ollie, I use the materials the bees make for attractants along with lgo. When I melt my wax down, I take all that nasty slum gum that everyone else throws away and smear every inch of every trap (inside of course) with it. Slum gum contains the old cocoons which are chock full of just about every pheromone in a beehive. Works like a charm and I've never used actual comb in any of my traps.
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