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Swarm Trap Contents and Lures

Swarm traps need some type of bait to lure the bees.

There are many types of professional lures available on the market today.

I haven’t too many of them to be very effective.

What should you put into a swarm trap:

  • At least 1 frame of old drawn comb
  • 3 or 4 frames of foundation
  • Lemongrass oil is also commonly used in a swarm trap because the smell mimics that of a queen inside


Does swarm lure work?

  • Swarm lures are designed to imitate queen bee pheromones. Lemongrass oil is one of the most common lures used by beekeepers.

What do you put in a swarm trap?

  • Most beekeepers use old drawn comb to attract swarms.

How effective are swarm traps?

  • Ask any experienced beekeeper, and they will tell you that swarm traps work. Sometimes, it may take several seasons to catch a swarm. Just like in real estate, location makes a difference.

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