Re: Any ideas how to get colony to return?
Hopefully the squirrel hole is smaller inside than you think, and they may wear out their new home quickly. If that starts happening this spring, it would be nice to have a nice inviting swarm trap baited with lemongrass oil nearby that scout bees might find right away... If that works, you'll get most of them back and the "unmanaged" squirrel hole left-over hive will eventually die out due to varroa contamination. Not sure otherwise, you already covered most of the other typical retrieval methods, and it sounds too risky to try anything personally either. Worst case, just take it as a loss, split one of your other hives, and try to figure out what happened, so perhaps such an event doesn't reoccur with a different hive. Perhaps the OSBN method described by other members to reduce potential for swarming? Be safe, good luck
Originally Posted by tmorrill13
USDA 6a, 8 frame equipment