I have about 5 dead queens still in there cage and wanted to know if they would make for a good swarm lure tincture. I'm assuming I would soak them in a little ridding alcohol. Do I crush them up and how long do they need to soak for.
I just dip one end of a Q tip into the solution and the other in LGO and staple it to the underside of the telescopic cover above the entrance.
It helps to have old drawn comb in the hive to lure them into the hive once they swarm to it.
I have only 2 queens in about an ounce or 2 of rubbing alcohol. Whole, not crushed. I dipped both ends of a q tip and then put the q tip just beyond the entrance in a bait hive I'd already had set up, it already had lgo and 1 frame old brood comb. 2 days later, a swarm moved in. The next day I found the q tip thrown out of the hive. I thought that was funny. Swarm is still there. It's my second back yard swarm this past week. One swarm on Tuesday, one on Thursday.
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