I am new to beekeeping, and had an opportunity to remove some bees from a garage roof peak. This is my second cutout and it went really well. Part of my success is due to the bee vac I built using this design:
There has been a lot of talk about AHB in South Florida, however I have yet to run into any aggressive feral colonies, not to say they are not here, I have had a friend that was attacked after he got a little close to a colony with his lawnmower and was stung about 50 times. I have been fairly close to this hive without protection and have had no attacks.
We really had a nice day removing the bees and setting them up in their new hive. I may have lost 10 - 15% In the transaction, which I think is pretty good. The bee vacuum worked very well, I am really impressed!
I took some short videos of my work for you all to see. In the vids we remove a nice size colony from garage, these bees are quite gentle.