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  • Ingredients of a Swarm Trap

    Here are my ingredients for a swarm traps from my swarm trapping talk.

    Swarm trap
    • Factors
      • like fishing
      • Each factor adds desirability as a bee home
      • Start with 0% and increase from there
      • Read Honeybee Democracy
    • Box volume
      • between 35 and 60 liters (9 to 15 gallons or 1.5–2 cubic feet).
      • 8-frame deep, 1.25 cf, 9.4 gal, 35 liters
      • 10-frame deeps are 43 liters
      • 5-frame nuc: 23 liters, double 46 liters.
      • 8-frame medium, 24 liters, double 48 liters (Bush Special)
      • A ten-frame medium, 29 liters, double 58 liters
      • Logs harder
    • Used box
      • Can simulate by rubbing propolis
      • Fresh wood offgases
    • Used comb
      • Darker comb better
      • Small piece okay
    • Repeat location
      • Heathland videos
      • Don’t cut the branch, more swarms may land there later
    • Entrance size
      • Two square inches
      • 1.58” inch diameter round hole
      • Appropriate sized slot
    • Lure
      • LGO, citrol, Nasanov pheromone,
      • lure in bag
    • Box height
      • 8-15 ft
    • Empty space in box
      • Good place for foundation, foundationless, do not like plastic
    • Light
      • No light from above (no translucent materials)
      • Excessive heat will cause abandonment
      • Afternoon shade
    • Free of wasps and hornets
    • Weather proof
    • For your convenience:
      • Lightweight
      • Easy to attach to tree
    100% Treatment-Free, 16 years.
    Medford, Oregon, USA

  • #2
    Solomon,
    I'm using two Warre boxes with top bars as a swarm trap. I have a solid bottom board with about a 5 inch wide opening. I've reduced the opening to about 2 inches. My question is do you think this set up is ok? Or would it be better to drill a hole in the bottom box as an entrance and use a solid bottom board with no opening?

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    • #3
      That will work. As to comparing it with other designs, I cannot say.
      100% Treatment-Free, 16 years.
      Medford, Oregon, USA

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