Swarming can be a major headache for beekeepers. The Nasanov pheromone can be used to increase the probability of catching honey bee swarms in empty hives. SwarmCatch is a synthetic copy of the naturally occurring pheromone.
Setting up bait hives
Use an empty hive with at least one frame and with a bottom entrance. Attach the SwarmCatch lure with a pushpin to one of the frames closest to the entrance. (There is a loop at the top of the lure). Do not open or puncture the tube! The pheromone will naturally diffuse through the vial’s wall. Do not use honey frames or old frames in the hive, as they attract robbery, diseases and ants.
Things to take into consideration during set up:
Set up the bait hive far away from your apiary (at least 250 meters) and preferably in the shade, which helps with the ventilation and evaporation. Avoid overheating and a location in direct sunlight. Hives with the entrance facing south have a greater chance of getting occupied by a swarm. Make sure the hive is dry and free of other insect (ants, wax moth etc.)
Using and storing of the lures:
SwarmCatch should be stored in a freezer until use. Lures can be stored in a freezer for up to 3 years. Always check the expiry date. Being out of the freezer during shipping will not affect the performance of the lure in any way. Do not open the tube when used or when stored in the freezer. The Nasonov pheromone is inside and will diffuse out through the plastic walls of the tube.