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You set up a Deep bottom and a Med super with 2/1 sugar syrup in a spot where you want to keep the hive. (EDIT: just a little syrup, like 1/4 cup on a thin board or something)
What would be the chances that you could catch a swarm that way?

Curious if a scout would say " Gee Wiz not only a clean home but a refrigerator to boot ! "
:lpf: Ok 2nd part was semi joking.

I am a bit bored here today, I just heard that we are suppose to get snow here tonight :( And 60º on Sunday :pinch:
 

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It’s said that setting up a swarm box w/ feed is not a good idea as any scout bees would be turned off by the presence of robbers hanging about. But on the other hand, scout bees are old foragers.
 

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True, but then wouldn't the scent of the syrup be an attractant ?
I'm not talking a big feeder, just a little to entice. I should have been more clear.
Then robbers wouldn't be there as there isn't really enough for that many or not enough to cause a frenzy ?
 

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Linda, sugar syrup does not really have a scent unless you add it. Just use the LGO or Swarm Commander, or both. That is all you need, along with a decent location. Of course, a used box and some old drawn comb really help, but they are not absolutely necessary.
 
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