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Unused hives as swarm traps?

 
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jfeist1968
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject: Unused hives as swarm traps? Reply with quote

Is there a reason not to set up unused gear in the apiary with swarm lures in them?

I'm nearly done constructing a top bar hive, and have set out the first of several swarm traps I plan for this spring. But I wonder if the hive itself should be outside with a lure (not to mention, allure), rather than gathering dust in my basement, as I wait for bees.

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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also covered in another post but yes put the hive out as it saves you having to transfer the bees from the trap if they go straight in on their own. two drops lemon grass oil or rub the inside with Melissa oficianalis (lemon balm)
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Carl and Petra
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see why not. My Warre hive was left out after i built it last year and it attracted a swarm.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a "standard" nuc box (5 frame) hanging in my yard, it's my swarm box, but until I get a call to retrieve a swarm, I'm letting it hang in hopes of attracting one. There've been a few honeybees scoping it out today.
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