Swarm Trapping Frame
The principle of
putting wild comb in frames using cotton thread or string is well
This implementation is due to Dee Lusby, I
have merely altered it for use with British equipment.
If you intend to do much in the way of swarm collecting
that involves wild comb then this method is well suited as the use
of these frames will speed up the operation and make you appear more
professional in the public's estimation.
Many of these frames may be prepared during the winter so
that you can save time when things are busier.
Frame wire or nylon fishing line is suitable. If the pieces
of wild comb are large, then select areas with sealed brood and open
brood and cut using a sharp knife or serrated bread saw. Place
the chunks in the frame and close up using the small latch.
When the brood has emerged, work the frame to the outside of
the nest so that it can be removed, cleaned and re-wired for future
A small application of
Petroleum Jelly to the hinges
and the latch will render them free from propolis.
Written... August 2000
Revised... 26 August 2001