I've just received a call from a friend whose mother has a hive of bees take up residence in a cream can (pic of a similar one below) and they want them gone which I can understand.
I'm just not too sure how to tackle this, being round it's not (in my opinion) lending itself easily to the drumming technique unless I use a bucket ontop of it. What I am considering is smoking the hive pretty heavily, placing a bucket upsidedown on top of the cream can (making sure there are no gaps) and then drumming for a little while (5 - 10 minutes) in the hope that I've got the queen up and out of the can. Once that has been done I'm thinking I'll move the can from its orignial position and place a new hive box where it was with a few frames in it and dump the bees in the bucket into the box with some frames.
I think I'll have to cut the cream can open with an angle grinder then to get the comb out & secure some of this in empty frames with rubber bands to be placed in the new hive/box which is still in the position of the old hive. My plan is to then leave them til near dark, close the entrance and then relocate them to my house.
Has anyone any suggestions on how I might be able to tackle this better or has someone done a bee extraction like this before?
Your input will prove invaluable (thinking I'll get stung doing this one!),