Swarm Commander can be used in various methods of application. Our product is a way of attracting a colony of honey bees that have swarmed. It is always best to place the product in a hive or trap prior to honey bees swarming. When applied to a trap or empty hive, Swarm Commander Premium Swarm Lure releases it’s “Pheromone” and “Sets The Bait” that will improve your success in catching wild honey bee swarms.
Swarm Trap Method…
Using swarm traps like to paper trap picture above is very popular. The fact is that it’s not a 100% guarantee that you will catch a swarm just because you have a trap set. It is always a good idea to place a small amount of “drawn comb” inside your trap. This along with a few sprays of Swarm Commander will increase your chances greatly in the success of catching a feral swarm. You should check your trap every few days for bees and to make sure the lure fragrance is still present. If needed, reapply Swarm Commander. You may also use a cotton ball saturated with Swarm Commander inside the swarm trap instead of the “spray method”.
Spraying Swarm Commander Swarm Lure in your empty woodenware of traps is a good way to increase your apiary during swarm season. Simply spray 2 to 3 sprays of Swarm Command on the inner cover of your hive. Also spray two sprays on either side of your landing board. Re-apply once a week or as needed.
Q-Tip Method (Especially Vials)
Saturate a Q-Tip’s ends with Swarm Commander. Swab the Q-Tip across the entrance of your hive a couple of times. Dip Q-Tip again and swab on frame tops. Dip Q-Tip again and drop in box. Check the hive at weekly to see if a swarm has populated the hive. Refresh Swarm Commander as needed.
Bees Wax Method…
To increase your success capturing swarms melt 1 pound of natural bees wax from your hives. Turn off heat source. Add one teaspoon of Swarm Commander to your melted wax. Stir mixture to insure uniform dispersion. Pour wax into mold. After cooling, rub beeswax “block” around the entire inside of the hive. The need to reapply shouldn’t be as often as the other methods but reapply as needed.
Swarm Commander Premium Swarm Lure Is A Product Of Blythewood Bee Company.