Re: trap placement
In retrospect, I had successful traps setup about 10-60 feet (3-20 meters) away from the active hives.
Originally Posted by 1/33rd
This is how I wanted to have the active hives setup in any given case (if bees moved in - they were already placed - no need to dance with relocation).
The trap is a marker for where I want the active hive to be.
At the same time an existing active hive should be close enough to work as a supplemental bait.
I would not set the trap closer than ~10 feet.
1) I don't want active hives to be too close to minimize drifting and
2) incoming swarm can actually enter the existing active hive (happens pretty commonly).
Then you may loose a queen you wanted to maintain to something random - a bad thing.
Too close - increased chances of swarm landing onto an active hive.
As for me, 10-30feet (3-10 meters) distance away from an active hive is probably a sweet spot for a trap setup.
Last edited by GregV; 03-20-2019 at 08:38 AM.
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