Re: Thoughts on strategic places to place swarm traps
Without much thinking - do a trap or two along the power line corridor where it cuts through the woods (at the least).
Those power line corridors 1)usually provide good forage for bees and 2)often force the bees to fly along/through them.
I myself am still trying to access a really nice corridor under high voltage lines in my area (planning to talk to few owners this season).
Otherwise, I would look for single large trees and also forest edges near water.
Last year spent lots of time with my randomly placed traps and not much to show for it...
Funny part, every swarm I got landed directly or next to my actual bee yards.
So this year I will make sure my own bee yards are covered with traps first and foremost.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.