Bait Hives

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Swing Swang

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Bait Hives
« on: April 29, 2012, 22:10 »
Does anyone have any experience with bait hives.

Have finally got around to starting making a couple of hives (Warre) and intend to make temporary tops and bottoms for some of the boxes so that I can put them in suitable locations at home/work to catch a swarm. Seems like the thing to do is scent them with essential oil of lemon grass and hope...

Anyone have any tips/experience/success?



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Re: Bait Hives
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 13:13 »
Never done this before but I have set a bait hive this year with old comb in it as this is also very attractive to bees.

Will have to wait and see what happens although plan A is actually to prevent mine from swarming as don't want to expand numbers while likely to move house soon. As I'm away a lot at the moment though it might be worth it just in case I miss one (and of course they are obliging enough to move in! :tongue2:)
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