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I had free evening and kind of on whim I decided to build a swarm box. I built it to the same deminsions as my big hive, but it only holds 10 1.25 bars. if all goes well I will build one more full size hive. I didn't spend near the time on this as I did my main hive. I just wanted to get something out there. I hung a 2 inch peice of new comb from a bar in there and a smeared the whole thing with lemon balm, I don't have any lemon grass growing at the moment. I mashed the leaves in the corner so hopefully they will give off the scent for a while. The next day I hung it in a fairly wooded area on a neighbors place about 300 yards from my hive. I guess I will just keep my fingers crossed now.

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thats awesome. I have a similar sized topbar hive I made as practice before my main hive. I wish I had an equally good place to put it.
 

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I stood in the bucket of a backhoe to get it up there. It was a pain to get the strap around the tree and the box and get it tightened. next time I will make sure there is either some one in the bucket with me to hold something or I will make sure there is a branch just above so I can suspend it with a rope before I get it strapped to the tree.
 

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I stood in the bicket of a backhoe to get it up there. It was a pain to get the strap around the tree and the box and get it tightened. next time I will make sure there is either some on in the bucket with me to hold something or I will make sure there is a branch just above so I can suspend it with a rope before I get it strapped to the tree.
You're dedicated, man. I refuse to try to wrangle down a hive full of bees from that far up a tree. I just put one up at six feet.

I have three more to drill, bait, and hang.
 

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>I stood in the bicket of a backhoe to get it up there.

I have caught over twenty this year and my feet never left the ground. Except to get into my truck. In a few cases I never left my property. Or even moved the trap.
 

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Good luck with that! I put the value of life and limb a little higher than a box full of bees!
Haha you and me both. I have spent a lot of time getting lifted up that way so I am pretty comfortable with it. It is definitely safer than a ladder.

I have caught over twenty this year and my feet never left the ground. Except to get into my truck. In a few cases I never left my property. Or even moved the trap.
Got any tips?
 

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>I stood in the bicket of a backhoe to get it up there.

I have caught over twenty this year and my feet never left the ground. Except to get into my truck. In a few cases I never left my property. Or even moved the trap.
:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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I have caught over twenty this year and my feet never left the ground. Except to get into my truck. In a few cases I never left my property. Or even moved the trap.
Got any tips?
There's probably a million things... but the single most effective one would be to live significantly closer to San Mateo, CA. Or, from the chatter on the swarm forum... CA/LA/FL in general.
 

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There's probably a million things... but the single most effective one would be to live significantly closer to San Mateo, CA. Or, from the chatter on the swarm forum... CA/LA/FL in general.
No doubt! I hear about some swarms from a bee club I'm in, but nothing like I hear on this list
 

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No doubt! I hear about some swarms from a bee club I'm in, but nothing like I hear on this list
I'm convinced it's kind of like buying a loaf of bread. It might not be the best loaf, and it might get moldy in a day... but you can just walk out the door and find another loaf of bread with basically zero effort and without many obstacles. :)

I haven't seen a honey bee that I didn't "own" since my dad and grandpa stopped keeping bees 20 years ago.
 
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