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.

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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.

7 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.

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      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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