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I have never used bucket traps, but I really wonder why anyone who wants to do some swarm trapping would invest anything in any kind of trap without frames. Maybe in a pinch, but if you are planning ahead, why not just use use/build wooden traps with frames? They’ll last for decades and save you all the time and effort of a cutout, and you won’t set the bees back either.

Wood traps are easy to build, and I got all of the wood for my 22 traps free - discarded as scrap.
 

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I figure I could use a couple frames and they wouldn’t have time to develop much before I would need to move them.

Had considered using two buckets to bring the size up. Make it more inviting.

I could curb plywood but I don’t have much right now. Considering the options.
 

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My understanding was 40 liters was the optimum for a swarm trap, which is about 10 gallons. I would be concerned that the bees would turn up their nose at a place too small for them.
 

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my "take" on it is if they worked well, they would be the standard by now
White likely lets in too much light, black too much heat
after seeing how the bees hated pro-nucs I just don't see it working well

There is a guy in WY that swears by them Swarm Trapping bees with a Mobile Swarm Trap - Michael Jordan
he swears by rhubarb leaves for mite treatments as well
 

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I figure I could use a couple frames and they wouldn’t have time to develop much before I would need to move them.

Had considered using two buckets to bring the size up. Make it more inviting.

I could curb plywood but I don’t have much right now. Considering the options.
Free bees are better than no bees. If a bucket is what you have available, then go for it. If you want to set more than a couple traps over multiple years, then I recommend investing in the equipment. In my experience good traps can provide a ton of fun.
 

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I had a few hanging out for several years. No luck. But my wood traps also had no luck in that same patch of woods.
I guess that’s a different question. I was lucky to have good success right from the beginning with my trapping. I spread my traps far and wide. Now I am concentrating them in areas that were successful in the past.
 
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