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  1. #1
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    Default 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I caught 32 swarms in 38 traps is this
    Normal?

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I'll venture to say that most people don't have that kind of success rate.





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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Congrats! What is your secret? What did you have in them? Any info will help.

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Normal? Um, no.

    I'm pretty familiar with Covington county, or use to be. What part of the county are you trapping in?

    Apparently I can't even catch a cold. I can hive a swarm with the best of them, but I have yet to catch one in a swarm trap.
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    1 in 3 for me using old comb, last years queens in alcohol then soaked the cotton balls, lemongrass EO.

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    >I caught 32 swarms in 38 traps is this Normal?

    No. You should stop immediately. There is something fundamentally wrong in the universe...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Good for you!! I have bees flying around my traps coming in and out but so far no one has made the leap to move in!!

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Do you have them ringed around a bee yard?

    That is impressive and we would love to know what techniques you are using.
    Started 9/13, building slowly, not trying the no treatment anymore

  10. #9
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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I use swarm commander in a ten frame trap , six foot high
    I put on old fence rows, clear cuts, over grown fields
    And river swamps. Open land and river swamps
    Has caught the best swarms . They will fill a ten frame box.
    I trap in the northern 1/2 of the county

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    It's been the most swarmy year in Atlanta that I remember of. Every day there is a swarm in my neighborhood in the past week or so (some from my bees too). It's a phenomenal year. Stavros

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    That's amazing. Are you using just a standard 10 frame deep? With what, comb, foundation, foundationless frames?

    Very impressive. We don't have any swamps on this mountain, but we do have all the other common locations like you are catching them in.

    You know any Pyrons?
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Not bad! Last year was my best year so far. I caught 30 swarms with 18 traps. Many of those were caught within a 48 hour time span. It may be a while before I see that again.
    A man is worth just as much as the things about which he busies himself- Marcus Aurelius

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    You obviously have the knack of it!

    I didn't have as many lures out, about 20, but my % is over 80%. Unless you consider the ,1 box that got 3 swarms,(300%) or the 2 boxes that got 2, (200%). Averaged, thats good!

    All boxes need to be slathered with old propolis laden hive junk. Or well used. Use Lemongrass oil, or Swarm Commander, a good swarm lure compound.

    Most important, is the conditions where you place them. Just dropping them in a field usually doesnt cut it.
    Happy bee catching!

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I think it's been a good year for swarms. I've caught 1 and had 3 move in in 3 separate locations, doesn't seem like a lot, but most years this never happens. 2 were dinks though, maybe 2 framers, the other two were decent, 6-10 frames of bees.

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Quote Originally Posted by WDP64 View Post
    I use swarm commander in a ten frame trap , six foot high
    I put on old fence rows, clear cuts, over grown fields
    And river swamps. Open land and river swamps
    Has caught the best swarms . They will fill a ten frame box.
    I trap in the northern 1/2 of the county
    Okay, that's it, I've seen enough, against my better judgement I just went to the website to fork out the 30 bucks for the 2 oz swarm commander bee perfume. I've been getting 30-40% returns on my traps using LGO but count me in on drinking the kool-aid!

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I'm not saying the swarm commander is totally the reason, but I have two swarms using it. They way I figure it that is about $95x2 for packages minus $30 swarm commander.. I am still on the plus side.

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I hate to admit that a snake oil that calls itself Swarm Commander actually works for me. Last year I caught over six 5 frame swarms and this year using it another seven caught. Now realise this is in my backyard on my privacy fence in an urban neighbourhood. So it was worth the cost to me.
    Troy 7/12 -6 langs T

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    At current rate, I'll get my 32nd swarm call sometime in year 10.

    Awesome catch rate you're either trapping a huge area or a huge population of colonies in a small area. That's awesome!

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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I have caught 12 swarms with about 22 traps set before May 1st. Swarm commander is definitely worth it..

  21. #20
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    Default Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    foundationless frames and traps build out 1/2 lumber
    don't know any Pyrons

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