Weird Swarm Trap Lure which East Indians use with near 100% capture rate
This might be controversial, so patience is required on the part of the reader.
I've been traveling in India and in the northern part of India where the climate is temperate, I've found the tribal people build beehives using a mix of grass fed cow dung and clay mix.
- 3 parts cow dung grass fed fresh
- 0.5 part wood ash
- 0.5 part clay
- 3-4liters (roughly a gallon) of whey
Mix it all together until smooth. Plaster it on the walls and let it dry slowly in shade to avoid cracking.
To make it more enticing for bees, once the plaster is dried they rub the walls of the hive with crushed marijuana plant leaves.
Now I know marijuana plant doesn't have flowers with nectars to reward bees and blabla but these guys who use this method are building new hives at this time of spring and they've near 100% occupancy rate on their swarm traps
They do not put lemongrass or beeswax or anything sourced from bees.
This method might be useful to new beekeepers who want to capture a swarm but do not have typical lures used in North America and Europe.
I just found it interesting and thought I'd share here.