A recipe for Swarm Lure
Its SWARM TIME again. There are many ways to catch a swarm, but the easiest is to use a bait hive. Paul, our president attended the recent GBA meeting and asked if he might share this recipe for “swarm lure”. The recipe was discussed in a session about wax that was given by Linda Tillman. Here is her response with the recipe and a link to some photos.
Of course, I’m glad to share. Here’s a slideshow of how to do it:
(If you play the slideshow, there are captions under each slide. **To play the slideshow – go to the link, then click the downward facing arrow in the upper right of that page. You will see the option for slideshow there.)
A square inch of beeswax
melted with 1/4 cup olive oil
Add 15 – 20 drops of lemongrass oil.
This solidifies and you can smear it quite easily. I put it around the hole in the inner cover; on top of some of the frames, just under the entry opening.
It’s not my recipe – some guy in Italy, I believe, posted it as a comment to one of my posts on my blog. It’s good for one season. Next season the lemongrass oil loses its effectiveness and you have to remake it.
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