Why wouldn't they let you cut it open? I just removed a huge hive from a column at a church. I removed the section where they were and put it back together. There is no way anyone could tell it was worked on. Super easy job and 20' in the air. I used the lift the church provided and made $650.00 plus a ton of bees.
Trap out is a huge time commitment and they have to be done EXACTLY right. Placing a swarm trap close by isn't going to work to convince the bees to move out. They already have a hive so???
IMO they need to be removed or let them stay where they are. Do they object to having them there?
"Challenger" as in the Mopar muscle car. Not a personality description .
Keeping bees to raise money for chordoma.