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I am new to swarm trapping. I think I may have a good location to put some out though. I have a grown up fence row, it is probably 6 hundred feet long or so. It has lots of old twisted up hedge apple trees but it also has some nice straight trees too( i dont know what they are though).

I have a 40' extension ladder that I rarely use. Anyone with a 40' extension ladder probably knows why it gets rarely used by a homeowner. It is too long to setup by myself, its too long to haul around & when you do get it set up, you may be up to 40' off the ground! The heck with that. Anyway. I keep the ladder broken down into two halves. I got to thinking, I could strap that half ladder up to one of those straight trees & hang some swarm traps from the rungs. With some hooks or something like that. That single section is like 22 feet long or something like that. I could put some hives at varying heights up to that 22 feet or so.

Does this sound like an ok idea? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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If you put traps at 20 ft high, and are fortunate to be successful, then you still have to get that box of bees down to the ground - with both you and the box intact. :)


My boxes are no higher than 9 ft, (and I too have a 28 ft ladder that is no fun to reposition either). A couple of steps on a stepladder is as high as I am willing to go for free bees.

Seeley's Swarm Trap study suggested the optimum height for traps was about 15 ft.
http://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/2653/2/Bait Hives for Honey Bees.pdf
 

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Yeah, I see what you are saying about the height being an issue. If I dont go high, do you think the ladder idea is ok, just giving me a place to hang boxes?


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If I was going to use a ladder as a horizontal platform, I think I would put the traps on top of the flat ladder. But even a 20 ft section of ladder is heavy and awkward.

I built some quick-n-dirty:D oversize L-brackets (with a diagonal brace added) out of scrap lumber. I strap an inverted pair of those to a tree trunk with ratchet straps and set the trap on top. If necessary some more scrap shims level things out.
 
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