by Frank Bray(Spartanburg, SC)

I have purchased a swarm trap, but I do not know how or where to use it.

It doesn’t have a rope for hanging, I have been told I need a pole, can anything else be used? When hung, do you put the small hole on top or bottom? How far up should a swarm trap be put?

I have just begun with three hives and I really like it.

Thanks for your help.


One Response to “How to Use a Swarm Trap”

  • beesonthenet

    Hi Frank

    I’ve never used these, but I’ve seen them mounted on trees like the one in the picture.

    I’ve been told to put them about 8 feet off the ground facing east or south. I don’t think it matters much what you do with them. If there is a swarm in the neighborhood I’d be surprised if it didn’t go inside. I think it would be better to have the hole at the bottom, but I’ve seen bees in enough strange places to now that it doesn’t make much difference what you do, the bees please themselves.

    More than once I’ve had a hive on the back of my truck with some combs in and the bees have moved in while the truck was in my drive.

    I’m not totally convinced the swarm lure which comes with the swarm trap is much good. I’ve had better results with a few drops of lemongrass oil (which paradoxically is sold, mixed with other things, as an insect repellent). It would be interesting to set up two traps, one with a lure and one with lemongrass oil and see which one gets occupied first.

    The Bee Guy

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