A swarm isn't looking for honey. They are looking for a home. Maybe the honey might make one of the field bees cleaning it up, remember that nice potential home, but I really don't think it matters that much. The lemongrass oil is the cheapest and works as well. All the commercial ones I've had from Brusy Mt. and Mann Lake worked about the same as the lemongrass oil.
I usually spinkle a good bit of wax inside the trap hive. The outside is covered with a real strong lemon grass tea (I have it growing here in my house). When I make the rounds and check the swarm traps, I'll carry a bottle of the tea and apply it to each of the boxes that are empty.
Also, the more times a box has had bees in it, the better it'll work.
After scouring my small city of 9,000 I could not locate any. I just got done ordering a 4 oz bottle of "steam distilled" 100% pure oil. Sometimes (although rarely) I miss the convienance of larger cities.
I bought a big bottle on line and I figure it will last the rest of my life. Do a search on "essential oils" and you'll find lots of vendors. But anyplace that carries essential oils (you remember pachuoly, etc.) usually has it.
Thank you!!! Actually we are still getting swarms. I am hearing about them after the fact. It seems most folks don't know about capturing swarms. They now know (friends of mine). Swarm retrieved Friday and no queen to be found. Still about half workers and drones and honey and brood...am going to attempt last minute queening. Thanks again I appreciate it! I am going to the board and ask if there is a BEST/preferred height for traps. David
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