Continuing the discussion from Lures and Traps For Catching Bees:
I’ve seen a few ways to build trap boxes. I liked this one because I have the materials to hand.
A swarm trap can be made from two identical 40 cm plastic plant pots. Black plastic utility posts cost only a few dollars. I have a couple left from a nursery business.
Some poly rope is looped through the drainage holes of one of the pots. The two pots are joined at their open ends to make one large cavity. I would use three or 4 self tapping screws. All of the drainage holes are then blocked with expanding foam or suchlike except for one entrance hole.
In the original article, the author sprayed the contraption with camouflage paint but I don’t think I’ll bother.
The rope is used to suspend the trap hive in a tree.
I’m planning to build a few of these and set them out in spring.
Any comments? Please remember I’m still very much a beekeeping novice.