Re: [beemonitoring] Question on bee trapping (northern AK)
- Now there's a novel idea - hang the vane traps sideways. Thanks for the tip. I'm assuming the vanes were hung sideways but with the vanes intact right?How much of a vapona (No Pest) strip do you use per trap - a whole one or is half or a quarter sufficient?I checked my vane traps every 2 weeks but I was hanging them early in Spring so that might explain why mold wasn't a problem.Cheers, Liz-----Derek Sikes <dssikes@...> wrote: -----
To: Elizabeth A Sellers <esellers@...>
From: Derek Sikes <dssikes@...>
Date: 07/28/2011 01:28PM
Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Question on bee trapping (northern AK)
Hang the blue vane traps sideways to prevent rain from entering. They work fine this way and can be run dry with vapona strips to kill the Bombus. They'll accumulate and mold if not emptied weekly. Simply add a line to the bottom of the trap (punch a hole) & use the top and bottom line to hang horizontally. The dry catch will take less processing later (no need to wash the Bombus). This is how the USDA ARS did a large Bombus project in interior AK 2009 & 2010.
For the smaller bee bowls - I'd recommend getting the pre-painted bowls that Sam Droege arranged to have sold (plus the white ones). They work well but do need frequent attention (rain & wind).