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I have two nice unused deeps that I want to put out to try trapping a swarm. I don’t have any old comb to put into them, so I’ll put a couple frames of wired wax foundation in, then maybe put some wired frames in with no foundation attached. I’ll use Swarm Commander at the entrance. Let me know if I should change any of that.

Should I reduce the entrances or leave them open all the way across?

Should I put the frames with foundation in middle or on sides?

Would it be better to use a couple black plastic frames (waxed) rather than the wax foundation in wood frames?

Wish me Luck!

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Mike:

Since none of the experienced trappers have weighed-in yet, I'll offer a few thoughts based on my limited experience and let others chime in as well.

My experience has suggested that scouts are looking for a cavity that is appropriately sized, fairly weather-tight and in the shade. I think they also prefer smaller openings that face toward the Southeast quadrant.

Based on these assumed precepts and in your specific situation I would:

Put maybe one or two frames of foundation near the center, or even better just use starter strips, filling the rest of the box with empty frames- again using starter strips with no full sheets of foundation might be best in the absence of any drawn comb.

I personally would avoid using the plastic frames in a swarm trap, saving them to add later when the colony was established.

Finally, I would use the entrance reducer as a smaller entrance will be favored by scouts over the larger one.

Good luck with your swarm trapping- it never gets old to find you've caught a swarm... or even better to watch them move in!

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Russ, you pretty much nailed it, and for the right reasons. Mike, since you do not have any drawn comb, and I assume no beeswax, I would try to get some beeswax to rub inside the hive (eBay, arts and crafts stores, candle shops) I caught my first swarm on a piece of foundation with some LGO on the top bar. The trap was a paper mache flowerpot. I think the bees were pretty desperate.
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Trapping with no black comb is like....well..... use your imagination. Melt propolis and beeswax on the bottom board with a drop or two of LGO melted in. Trade in your wife or kids for some black comb. Reduce entrance 50%.
 

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Thank you all for your replies and good advice.

I do have beeswax, LGO, and Swarm Commander. I’m going to try this. It’s better than the woodware sitting in my basement.

Even a bling hog occasionally finds an acorn. Maybe I can “command” a swarm in.


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