Good OL' KILL THEM ALL TIM. leave them to deal with the melted wax, honey and vermin that an abonded hive will attract.
Contact the local state Ag. office, or google Bee removal/extraction, there are a number of people that will extract them. Good luck. Keep us informed.
I've had about 90%+ survival rate with my extracted hives. Won't touch one after the first of Sept. Have three to do in the spring (around the end of Feb, first of March).
If your remodeling let the person know that you'll repair.
iddees web link is an excellent one for a choice of beekeepers willing to do extraction.
[size="1"][ December 29, 2005, 10:53 PM: Message edited by: SilverFox ][/size]
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