|Bait hive working|
Your bait hive should be placed 15' to 30' up a tree. You will need to be able to lower the hive once it contains bees. In this design, you can throw a rope around a limb near the trunk (this keeps the spinning down) or using a long pipe or stick, you can drop a role of line around the limb. No pipe you say? Try using a spear with the line tie to it (weight is the key). Click on the photos for a larger view.
You will need the following:
- Hot glue - It helps to reinforce the weaves and adds strength
- A trash basket (cane or wicker works well)
- Another basket, piece of cardboard or wood for the front of the hive
- Some nylon tie wraps, you could also use twine or small rope
- Some old chunks of comb (old, not moldy), if you don't have some, don't worry
- Either liquid swarm lure, lemon-grass oil or anise oil (look on the products page if I sell it)
- Rope (1/8 or larger, no twine) to hang, lift and lower the bait hive with. (you can also attach a rope to the hive to pull it down, recommended)
|Hanging loops detail|
Before attaching the two halves, place the chunk of old comb inside the hive and rub some lure scent (what ever you have) INSIDE the hive near the entrance or sprinkle it on a cloth and place inside. Don't go crazy with the oil and only use one type. Mate the two halves together and secure with 4 nylon ties. When filled, you cut these loops to get the bees and combs out. Use two ties to make the rope attachment loops at each end. See photos.
|Detail of entrance|
Find a tree or building to place the hive. Attach a small rope to the loops at each end. This is used to attach the hive to your lifting rope. You can level the hive by moving the knot to one end or the other so the hive hangs level.
Get the rope around the limb and pull the hive up the tree. Tie the end of the rope to the tree, a limb or a nail in the same tree so you can lower the hive. White nylon rope snags a lot on the bark, try a natural rope or poly rope.
|Waiting for a swarm|
|With plywood front - cane basket|
You can also make a low cost swarm trap out of a cardboard filing box available from an office supply store. Just add scented oils or bee lure and some old comb. You can use the hand holes as the entrance, just tape/block one closed, leaving only one open.
Here's a video on making a swarm trap from a concrete sonnet tube you can buy at most building supply stores.
If your looking for an article on how to use the cone type trap below, HERE is an article by Mannlake.
Below are a few pictures of various other swarm traps. This site has plans available in the DIY section also.
|Cone type w/sign|
|Nuc used as swarm trap|
|TBH swarm trap|