I search the net trying to find some plans for the traps. I found several styles including the five gallon bucket style, the concrete form tube style, and many others. As I said earlier, I like to work with wood so I wanted a style that you could build out of wood.
I found what I was looking for on Rob Overtons site. By the way, he has a great site for beekeeping stuff. With his trap, all that needed is:
- 2 4x8x3/8" plywood
- 1 4x8x1/4" Luan
- corrugated plastic signs (politcal signs)
These plans will make a total of 15 traps. I suppose I'll have to make a list of where all these traps get installed so as not to lose them. I have what I call "some-timers" and will likely forget where I put some of them.
Total spent on the plywood and Luan was about $33.00 + tax. I already had the glue and nails. So these traps were built for around $2.20 a piece. Not bad considering the fiber swarm traps you can buy from the catalogs are in the $20-$30 range, each. The traps I built will hold the frames in them too. So all you would have to do is remove the frames and place them in the hive if they started building comb before you could get to taking them down.
I asked a couple of questions on Beemaster concerning the lure to attract swarms. What I have decided to do is to dab some lemongrass oil on a ball of cotton and place it in a pill bottle. The lid of the bottle will have some very small holes drilled in the top. This will be attached to the trap somehow.
Here is the album of the pictures taken while building these traps.
|Building the Swarm Traps|