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I have two traps set out at the moment. One is just a 10 frame deep set on the roof of my shed. I have old comb in there and swarm commander. The trap is getting a lot of scout activity, but so far no bees have moved in. I am using a screened bottom board setup, but I have the white IPM insert in there to close things off.

I personally prefer solid bottom boards, but I am using what I have for the traps.

Do you think the closed off screen bottom boards are a turn off for the bees?

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If it's dark enough in the box, with the insert, then you're fine and I wouldn't worry about it. Make sure you have an entrance reducer on to make it feel extra "cozy".
 

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If it's dark enough in the box, with the insert, then you're fine and I wouldn't worry about it. Make sure you have an entrance reducer on to make it feel extra "cozy".
Thanks, yes I do have a reducer. I have seen 15-20 bees checking it out AND I do know there is someone with hives around. I put it on top of my shed b/c I used to get bees trying to get into the shed as that's where I kept my bee hive equipment, so they already knew the spot.
 

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If it's dark enough in the box, with the insert,
Those inserts let too much light through (the white plastic ones).
As for me, I'd just slide in a sheet of corrugated cardboard - that should keep it dark.
Might as well, melt some wax/propolis onto it too.

Keep in mind, some desperate bees even home directly on open branches.
But of course, you'd rather improve your chances and do better than a branch.
 

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My inserts are all stained and black for years of use. So I've never had an issue.

But if it's new and bright white then yes, GregB has good points.
 

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In that you're thinking bees would reject it as a new homesite?
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they think it is too big of an opening to defend, they do not under stand "screen" they understand light and air.

sometimes a package will leave a box with Screened BB there are plenty examples.

try if you wish, IMO Screen BBs will catch less swarms than solid BBs

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