So, my boss moved into this house with bees.
I have done one cutout in the soffit of a house and the bees absconded the next day. I have three hives that are doing well. I am a first year beek.
The bees are entering the house between the brick and siding in an 8 inch opening about 10 ft up.
They are either between the first floor and the second floor of the structure or are in the wall in a very hard to reach area. A cutout is not their first choice due to damage and repair.
Is it practical to put something between the lip of the siding and the brick to reduce their entrance and do a Hogan style trap-out?
I was thinking #8 hardware cloth with duct tape on the outside to prevent light incursion. Then make a male escape with plywood. After they get used to it, lower a hive body with the female port from the roof (using ropes and a plywood base supported in some way with poles). Once they get used to it, put open brood in to catch the queen if possible. If she does not come in to lay, use a funnel to catch out all the bees. Keep removing bees until the hive dies.
Any suggestions on how to attach the escape port to the siding/brick?
Any suggestions on a better approach to this?
Any other advice?