I've lost a few swarms because ants get in to the hives and I think the bees just lose patience and move on.
I had a huge swarm leave recently and they had started to build comb on the strips of foundation I put in the frames. I tried to hive another swarm in the box without airing it out and they really didn't seem to want to go in.
Eventually I took out all the frames and the swarm, somewhat reluctantly, moved in to the empty box.
Had the ants left formaldehyde smelling footprints all over the combs? If I leave them in the open air for a few hours will the smell dissipate? Or am I just getting paranoid? :confused:
Remember - Just because you're not paranoid doesn't mean everyone isn't out to get you!