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Has anyone heard of using Anise oil or extract as part of their swarm lure?
A friend just mentioned it, and I hadn't heard of this before.
Fact or fiction?

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Bee hunters used to use it to attract bees to a bait station and then line the bees to their hive.
 

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Bee hunters used to use it to attract bees to a bait station and then line the bees to their hive.
Tom Seeley talks about using anise as an attractant for beelining in his book. However, I think it serves to attract foragers looking for food and I have not read anything about it serving as an attractant to swarm scouts looking for a new home.
 

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Bears like it too........
 

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So, if I use some Anise scent near the swarm trap would it get the bees in the area, and hopefully more bees find the box, where the scent of the box and Swarm Commander will take over for them to consider the box as a viable home. Is this a plausible strategy?

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I saw this on a YouTube channel so it must be true... Guy was putting feeders out near his swarm traps to encourage foragers to find the box. Figured the bees would already know about the box and nearby food when it came time to swarm. Sounded like a reasonable idea to me. He swore it worked.

Spiking the syrup with anise would certainly get the bees into the area.
 
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