Re: Smoke out
I'm a lazy sort, I guess. All of the above suggestions seem like alot of work to me. Though I can imagine one enjoying a challenge and enjoying the work and "saving the bees" and all.
Is the owner seriously considering killing the bees? If so, isn't that against the Law? Exterminators aren't supposed to kill honeybees in their colonies, are they?
where is the colony? How high up in the tree? Does the owner simply know they are there and is worried about getting stung or has someone gotten stung?
I'm all for leaving them where they are, unless they are in peril. You could always explain to the owner about CCD, Varroa, etc and how it isn't all that likely that the colony will be alive next spring anyway.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen