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Really am not sure what to think of it but last spring I left a clump of harden sugar left over from Mountain Camp under a feed box used with syrup buckets.

Just an empty box with a lump of sugar inside with an opening under the edge. It was ignored all spring. For the last 3 weeks or so robbers have been flying and battling outside it and going inside and working the lump. 50 to a 100 at a time.

Meanwhile weak nucs 20 feet away are being left alone. There are none of the scout crack testers working any of the hives, they are all at the sugar lump duking it out.

Kind of like the old trick of keeping flies away by putting out a bait for them instead.

Not what I expected.
 

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It works for me any time I need it. This year I've had enough maintenance flows to keep robbing at bay. Otherwise when in a dearth I put 10 lbs of damp sugar on a piece of plywood in the back yard about 200 yds from the hives. I never see any fighting there but it gives the robbers something to do.

10 lbs will often last 2 weeks.
 
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