I built about 20 swarm traps last year, 5 frame from osb. Caught 16-17 swarms in these boxes. I will be putting them out again this year. All are still in good shape except one which was torn down and destroyed by a storm. No problem with osb. This winter I decided to paint them, so now I will see if they work as well painted.
Thanks everyone. I remember reading a thread several months ago from someone who had installed a package into a homemade hive. The bees would abscond and he'd catch them and put them back in. Then they'd abscond again and he'd catch them again. This happened several times until people started suggesting the bees didn't like the wood he'd used to construct the hive. I thought I'd check to see if that's a common problem. Doesn't sound like it is. Thanks again.
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