First of all I'm a complete newbee, so if I saw or ask something stupid be gentle on me.
A friend of mine recently pasted away. I was able to buy all of his beekeeping equipment from his kids. Bee suits, smoker & burlap, lots of frame parts, supers, extractor/spinner, hot uncapping knife, & misc gear.
I have been doing alot of reading here on the forums but need lots of advise. Word got out in my home town that I'm starting beekeeping and I was approched by the town to remove bees from a historical landmark house. Below are pics I just took. The bees are coming from the exterior wall just next to the chimney. In the pics just to the right top corner of the window a/c unit, 2nd story. The problem with a trap out is the house has so many holes and cracks I'll never plug them all. There are bees flying inside the house also. The problem with a cut-out is the house is owned by the city and under the control of the Historical Society, must be preserved.
If I can just get most of the bees, hopefully the queen too, the Historical Society can later have someone to spray and remove the honey and comb. Can I just set a box on top of the a/c unit with some frames/foundation and some honey and catch most of the hive? Is this even worth messing with? Remember I'm a newbee and have more time than money. Thought this would be a cheap way to get my first hive.