swarm call, too late
Got a call last night for a swarm. I'm told the bees showed up around 3pm; I got the call close to 7pm. By the time I got there, a fist sized clump of bees was outside the base of a single wide trailer and the bees were audible in the flooring. I brushed the exposed bees into a NUC with drawn comb, and some honey drizzled inside the NUC. Impending weather convinced me to leave the NUC and come back in a couple hours. The bees continued into the flooring of the trailer, ignoring the NUC. When I returned there were maybe two bees in the NUC, the honey was ignored. Because of the location (trailer is on a school campus) the bees are going to get sprayed this morning, so I can't go back and trap out, it was a now or never attempt.
Shy of banging pots and pans together and chanting in circles- could I have tried anything more convincing to get the bees to change their mind, and take to the NUC box rather than the flooring?
My wife says I have ADD, but, hey look- a chicken!