Re: Is It To Late And How To Trap Out Hives
I'm a newbee so take it for what it's worth, but...
Wouldn't doing a trap-out and then a cut-out be kind of...wrong? I mean, if you do a trap-out you get all the foragers in the trap, leaving the queen, some house bees, and the brood, honey, and pollen still in there with probably some small hive beetles. The trap-out will take at least a couple of weeks (from what I've read) and in that time will lower the number of house bees making it easier for the small hive beetles to work their nasties on the colony. There's also a chance that during that time that the queen and a small swarm will abscond the hive and be forever lost to you. Rarely (again ,from what I've read) will a trap-out produce the queen...and to me, the queen and her genes is what it's all about.
I would take the option of doing a cut-out and forget the trapout. Naturally if the house is occupied at the time you would have to take precautions such as putting up barriers to keep the bees from spreading to other areas of the house. I would think a bee-vac is essential.
Doing a cut-out would to begin with would insure that the bees, brood, and comb are in as healthy a condition as you can get them....it seems to be that waiting for a trap-out to complete would create a possibly of getting far less than premium brood and comb. You also have an excellent chance of catching the queen!
Just my thoughts, best wishes on the removals,
Warning: Rookie beek...take my postings with that grain of salt you keep in your pocket.