I began beekeeping this year and started with two hives. One was slow to build and in August was robbed out by a feral hive. I was able to locate the feral hive in a hollow gum tree about a thousand yards from my hives. I want to trap-out this hive but have never done one before and am interested in advice on when to attempt it (earlier like March, during peak flow, wait until summer etc).
I also found a feral hive on another property living in a hollow oak that has blown down during a storm. I am want to get those by doing a cut-out. What is the best time of year to try it?
Any general advice about getting either of these hives is appreciated. I am in northeastern NC in zone 8. Thanks.