Hello folks, I was approached by a neighbor friend today about removing a colony from the ground at a friend's landing strip. I do cutouts and catch swarms every year but this particular situation has me coming up short for solutions of saving them alive. This is a grass air strip and and this area has been graded recently. From what he's saying it sounds like a tree with a live colony was pushed over and the dirt graded over top of it. The honeybees have dug their way to the surface and the colony has resumed normal operations. Apparently there's a patron there who is highly allergic and they want them out fast.
The catch is 1) they want the bees gone ASAP 2) no digging is allowed. I mentioned a trap-out but that would take longer than they are willing to entertain. They don't mind killing the colony. But I've never exterminated a colony before and I hate the idea of doing that. But I'm coming up short of a way to do a live removal. I'd appreciate any ideas you all can offer.