We are renovating our home extensively. A colony was well established in the walls when we purchased the home in 2007 (it had been empty for years). That colony was "destroyed" but as it will Nature found its way back to the house. We thought all gaps were closed but lost a battle to the flying squirrels who have a penchant for chewing, and wood. Anyway, fast forward to 2015 and we find ourselves wondering "what to do about the bees"? We have just lived with their buzzy activity coming and going outside this window and into the bedroom wall for a few years now but we are intent on weatherproofing and making final improvements to this place. We're also going to be doing some very small homesteading activities. We're all keen to try out beekeeping, if we can.
So, the BIG question is this: Will taking the hive out of the wall and putting it into a box kill the colony?
Most of the new-to-this literature seems to deal with people who need to get bees and the different places and ways to buy them. Haven't found a situation like this anywhere. Perhaps there isn't a simple yes or no answer but we appreciate anything you can tell us. Thanks!!