Often beekeepers face the difficulty of colonizing beehives depending on different reasons. Lemongrass essential oil is a good bee swarm lure and has been used successfully for years by beekeepers to attract swarms looking for a new home. It encourages a swarm of honey bees to move into a cavity such as a Catcher box or bee hive by mimicking the pheromones the queen bee produces

Enough lemon grass oil to use as swarm lure for several hives

A worker bee gets attracted to the smell coming from your catcher box or new beehive with lemon grass lure used, they then go and tell the rest of the bees about this possibly wonderful new home, and they might move in. Lemon grass oil is however not a sure 100% guarantee that bees will colonize your hive, however from our experience it has been a sure bet as a bee swarm attractant

This simple use of essential oils such as lemon grass oil extracted from plants is safe for the bees, helping beekeepers avoid using harmful contaminants & chemicals within their apiary.

How to make your own Lemongrass oil Swarm Lure: Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons filtered beeswax
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 milliliters lemon grass essential oil


  1. Melt the beeswax and olive oil together in the can, over medium heat. Remove from the heat.
  2. Add the lemongrass essential oil. Stir the mixture while it cools, just until it begins to thicken. Pour into a tin. Allow the lure to cool.

To use

  1. Smear a few drops of the swarm lure at the back of the hive box.
  2. Set the hive box in the shade, raised above the ground where it is dry. Preferably somewhere elevated anticipating flight paths (e.g. roof of a farm building etc.)

You can get your own lemon Grass swarm lure HERE from us

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September 2022