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So, is it effective with good success to use a frame of drawn(extracted) honey comb in a swarm box?
What about a frame that is heavily filled with pollen but some empty areas in it as well?
I would only be putting one of these kinds of frames in the swarm box at a time and filling the rest with foundationless deep frames. Thanks, juzzer
 

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I use two old, dark, brood combs that have gone through the Winter and are really dry, in each trap. I have never had a problem with small hive beetles or wax moths attacking them.

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Brood frames draw wax moths. You may still get bees with used brood frames, but they will have a mess to clean up.
America's beekeeper- So what kind of drawn frames do you put in your hive if it is not brood frames? It seemed like 90% of the beekers here have suggested to use black brood frames? What kind of mess do you mean if brood frames are used?

What is the thought on empty honey supers? Is that not durable enough to support egg laying?

The reason I am considering pollen or honey frames versus brood frames is that I only have a few hives and not many spare brood frames. Thanks, juzzer
 

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I'm not sure if this answers your question or not...Hal uses some old comb as well as a little capped honey. I asked how/why he kept the honey. He says he just keeps the 'not so pretty stuff' for times like this, when he has to entice a swarm into a hive. He keeps it in the barn.
He tells his story here.
http://solarbeez.com/2014/05/02/capturing-a-swarm-hals-unique-technique/
He knew my neighbor wanted a swarm. This swarm came from his log hive, landed on a small tree that his wife didn't want him to butcher by cutting branches off to get the swarm.
 
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