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Howdy folks.

I have 3 feral colonies located in my area. Don't want to remove them but instead want to catch swarms off of them when it comes time. For those of you that attempt and are successful at "trapping" swarms, what are your ingredients that are "essential" for success?

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Propper sized swarm traps, use of a little lemon grass oil or queen juice, and if possible use old boxes that bees have been in before for your swarm box. Entrance size should be no larger than about an inch (easier for the m to defend) . Placement of swarm traps is a sort of subjective item as people have cought swarms at 4 inches off the ground and up to 25 feet. Most say place box about 6 to 8 feet up.
 

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As DrLonzo says. Also a frame or bar of honey comb helps a lot, I pour a little honey on the comb to just get some bees coming to it to give it some recent bee scent. I have found I have better luck within a few feet of water.
 
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