If you’ve ever wondered about a swarm trap design or how to make a swarm trap, here is a simple DIY Swarm Trap.
It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
Actually less if you make more than 1 at a time.
Works with either corrugated plastic or wooded Nucs.
Swarm Trap Materials Needed
In this case I’ve used just:
- A piece of recycled wood
- 2 small nails
- 3 screws and washers
- 1 large nail
Here’s the process:
- Cut the wood to the right length – I’ve found 16 inches to be ideal
- I’m using wood that is about 6 inches wide and 1 inch thick, but you can use almost anything, including 2×4’s.
- Cut a hole in the wood – I’ve used a drill press to put a 1.5” hole in the wood about 1.5” inches from the top.
- Place the wood underneath.
- I use 2 small nails to keep it in place
- Then fasten the 3 screws with washers in place
Here’s what the finished product looks like.
What is the success rate of a swarm trap?
- A good swarm trap is really all you need to get started in beekeeping. A good success rate is about 50%, but some beekeepers report an 80% success rate with catching swarms.
How long should you leave a swarm in a swarm trap?
- Many experienced beekeepers advise leaving the swarm in the trap for about a week. It might be tempting, but it’s best not to disturb a recently-caught swarm. The bees may leave if you bother or agitate them.
What months do bees swarm?
- April and May are the two months when most swarming activity takes place, although I’ve caught swarms as early as February, here in Georgia.
Will bees swarm in the rain?
- Typically not. Bees prefer sunny days to swarm.
When do bees typically swarm?
- Most times, honey bees will swarm in the afternoon.