Re: Trap or cutout plan - oak tree
I have another Hogan trap, so that was my first choice.
The homeowner really wants the tree down, and if we do it now, while it is cool, before it throws off spring swarms, that should be the end of his bee troubles. I can take a tree off about 1/2 inch above the ground (my most recent victim was a volunteer mulberry with a double 6 inch trunk that wasn't responding to less extreme control measures.) But I've done it to a number of small trees in my yard over the last 2 years, when I added the driveway. None were oaks, one was multiple trunks totalling around 16 inches in diameter. But with a better chainsaw than my electric 16 inch, it is doable. The trick is to get the weight off the top first, and with the bees in there, to screen them off. Doing it in suits too. If we open another exit, things could get quite exciting. I will absolutely need help, so until I hear from someone, I'm holding off. Will keep the site posted.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.