Swarm Traps and Bait Hives

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"Swarm Traps and Bait Hives" by McCartney Taylor covers the basics of using swarm traps to lure honey bee swarms and get free bees! Dozens of our customers have used the tips in this book to catch more swarms than they ever thought possible. 

Chapters include

  • Why Trap Swarms?
  • Trees
  • Biology of Swarming
  • Swarm Names
  • History
  • Alternatives to Traps - Catching swarms
  • Building a Swarm Trap - The Hanging Box Type
  • Baiting a Swarm Trap
  • A Note for Non-Beekeepers
  • Times for Swarms
  • Safety
  • Using GPS
  • Legality
  • Disease
  • Location
  • Expectations
  • All Good Things Must End


50 pages. 7" by 10". Paperback. Color photographs. 2011.

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Chris M.
United States

Great little book

This book is a quick read and to the point. I haven't caught a swarm yet but I'm sure I will soon.

Robert E.
United States

review of Swarm Traos and Bait Hives

excellent. I read the book in one setting and planned this approach to swarm catching in 30 minutes. I plan to set 8 bee baits.

Kathy H.

Very informative, easy reading and

Very informative, easy reading and lots of good ideas.

Mark V.

Excellent information. I highly recommend

Excellent information. I highly recommend it as it is a short read but most helpful

Susan H.

Good book at a good

Good book at a good price--very informative

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