About a year ago some bees started using a tree in my front garden that contains a hole as a hive. Over that last few months there's been a lot more activety and there is a strong smell of honey around the tree.
I've decided to try and set up a hive and was going to somehow extract the bees from the tree.
I bought a hive and put three frames with bees wax next to the tree for a few days (I know this was very hopeful) and waited to see if any bees would go in but no luck.
Next I drilled a hole in the back of my hive and connected a tube from my hive to the hole in the tree and tried to block access to the old hive so that the bees would be forced to go through my hive.
I waited one week and opened the hive to see if there's been any action in the new hive.
Although there was 50 or so bees in the hive they had not started to build on my frames and a lot of bees were clustering on the tree trying to find a way past my blockage.
Today I removed my hive and allowed the bees to have full access to their old hive.
My plan is to try the same method again but to have a better seal around the blockage and to do it at night so that I can get as many bees into my hive, possibly force them to stay in my hive for a few days so that they get use to the new hive.
I know it would be best to get the queen out and place her in the new hive but I can't see her and have no idea how deep in the tree she is.
Is there anything I can do to increase the chances of getting the bees to move to my hive?
Any help is greatly appreciated.