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    Default bees in tree - 8 feet up

    I have a removal pending on some bees in a tree about 8 feet up. Their entrance is on the top - straight up, from a chopped off tree trunk. Any suggestions for a trap out. A standard trap-out does not look like it will work. I might have to rig up something with a hole in the bottom they can enter through. Any suggestions? How well does Bee-Go work for flushing them into a new box?
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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    Hi Paul - Any chance of posting a picture to help with the suggestions?

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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    Don't have a picture yet. It is a Siberian Elm that has been "topped" and the bees are in a big knothole that has had the top chopped off. No real access except from the chopped off top. Nice docile bees too.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    I've managed to get bees to move with bee go (bee quick? the less stinky one) once or twice. However, my experience is that they're going to leave & not stop in your box. Can you build a "support" for a hive box & have it set to one side & use a normal comb trapout. Or you might try a Hogan trap.

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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    I have a hogan trap, but mounting it will be problematic. I might have to make a modified version with a bottom entrance that can sit on top.
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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    If the tree is already being cut,why not just cut them out? Or maybe do an reversed escape board on the bottom of the hive so they can go out but not back in.

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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    It was a pruning. The tree is not coming down. They would leave them, but they are over the sidewalk to the house.
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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    Could you cap the top of the nest and drill a hole lower from the side for their escape route into your box?

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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    That is my plan so far. There is nothing to tap, as the hole in the top is also the entrance.
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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    I think he was saying block off the entrance and drill into the cavity lower on the tree to create a new entrance. How deep down the tree does it go?

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    Default Re: bees in tree - 8 feet up

    Did not think of that. I could build a shelf of some sort.

    It looks like the hive goes in 3 feet or so. It is about 2 1/2 feet wide. I am afraid a nuc will be too small, and I will need a full sized trap.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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