Now that I finally have some Swarm Trap Plans posted it is time to think about the next step. The traps need to be loaded prior to deployment.
I use old broom comb and not everyone is going to have it. Especially if you are new to beekeeping. If that describes your situation don’t just give up. I do think that it increases your chances, so try to obtain some if you can. If you cannot get entire combs small pieces can be rolled into a ball, then rubbed all over the inside surfaces of your trap.
I ran out this year and have several traps out with no old comb in them. I have read accounts of people attracting swarms with Lemon Grass Oil, or purchased queen pheromone in the absence of old comb. Once I start having traps occupied I will report my results. If you get it to work let me know. With your permission I would love to have a post of your account.
Bees LOVE old comb. If you want to observe this, the next time you have a swarm call, and you have some, take it. I like to utilize this method when I have a cluster of bees that have settled on something and cannot brush or shake them off. If you gently hold the comb against the clustered bees they will begin to crawl all over it. When one side is almost entirely covered place the other side against the cluster. Once both sides are heavily covered place that frame in your box. The first time I witnessed it I was amazed.
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