Cheap and easy swarm traps

It’s looking like I might have a banner year as far as surviving colonies goes, even with the polar vortex we just had. I won’t have as much equipment to devote to swarm traps, so I’m making a bunch of fiber pot traps. I already know they work really well, but the ones available in the catalogs are pretty expensive.

Author: brucelovesbees

I keep honey bees in Reading, Bernville, and Fleetwood, PA without treatments. I love to garden and observe Wasps, Bumble bees, and ants. I also raise mealworms for my Eastern Spotted turtle and myself.

10 thoughts on “Cheap and easy swarm traps”

  1. Wow, with that little lip on the interior top area, you could almost to a “top bar” treatment, with slats, to create your lid. You could have little leading edges and the bees would build easily removeable comb on that edge. With a handle (chain or cabinet pull) on one of the larger slats, it’d make a cool little hive–with no cut-out. Of course, it wouldn’t easily transfer to any other hive, but it would be an interesting project just by itself. You’d just have to make sure it was level.


      1. Use bamboo skewers as top bars. Then pull them out of the trap and attach them inside an empty frame with 2 twist ties. No need to worry very much about level, the round skewers will rotate.

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