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    Default frequency to re-bait swarm trap (bait hive)

    put in a vial of attractant when it went up in march. have more of those, but also have lemongrass dropper. How often do you all readd "the stinky stuff" (kidding) - I assume the intensity of the pheromone mimic goes away w time.

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    Default Re: frequency to re-bait swarm trap (bait hive)

    I generally only get them baited once in a season. I just don't have the time. If you're using the vials they last pretty well. If you're just adding drops of lemongrass oil, it would probably work better if you added a few drops every couple of months.
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    Thanks! That’s helpful. Right after they went up I saw some scout bees checking them out but less activity since.

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    Don't go crazy with lures. Bees smell 100 times better than we can so less may be better inside the hive. Add your extra outside the box. Good luck.

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    Default Re: frequency to re-bait swarm trap (bait hive)

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    ... If you're using the vials ...
    I assume you refer to a time release vial? Where do you get these?

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    Default Re: frequency to re-bait swarm trap (bait hive)

    >I assume you refer to a time release vial? Where do you get these?

    I don't use them anymore since I discovered that lemon grass oil works as well and is cheaper, but most of the bee supply places sell the vials full of lemongrass oil at a premium. Someone posted somewhere a place to buy the empty vials, but I don't have that information. I think it was on here (Beesource) so you might try searching past posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    >I assume you refer to a time release vial? Where do you get these?

    I don't use them anymore since I discovered that lemon grass oil works as well and is cheaper, but most of the bee supply places sell the vials full of lemongrass oil at a premium. Someone posted somewhere a place to buy the empty vials, but I don't have that information. I think it was on here (Beesource) so you might try searching past posts.
    I'm not looking to spend money if I don't need to.

    I'm more than happy to use a q-tip charged with lemon grass oil if it will work. I had read somewhere that using LGO straight was too strong, and thought the vial was just a release mechanism. I got a bottle of LGO over the weekend, plan to try my luck by placing some traps here and friends' houses.

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    Default Re: frequency to re-bait swarm trap (bait hive)

    I am not in the books as a great swarm catcher, but everyone says less is more. The last time I had a trap I put a q-tip dipped in LGO in a zip lock plastic bag with just a few pinholes in it. This will act like a "time release vial" in that it will not dry out as fast. It attracted bees just fine. J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fivej View Post
    I am not in the books as a great swarm catcher, but everyone says less is more. The last time I had a trap I put a q-tip dipped in LGO in a zip lock plastic bag with just a few pinholes in it. This will act like a "time release vial" in that it will not dry out as fast. It attracted bees just fine. J
    I like the way you think.

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    I have exclusively used Swarm Commander for the last 2 seasons. I switched because the previous 3 years it was 2:1 success with the traps that had SC versus LGO. I catch 10-15 swarms a year that are not swarms from my hives plus another 2-3 in my own yards. Their directions say to replenish once a week with the spray bottle. Yes, it's $30 a bottle. Figure it pays for itself with 1 swarm catch.
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    Default Re: frequency to re-bait swarm trap (bait hive)

    Slow release tubes for swarm lure here:

    http://horizontalhive.com/buy-hive-b...-release-tubes

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