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I have a colony at work that needs removed, its next to a sidewalk entering the building so boss man says it has to go, not that im complaining :) Of course bees being bees its in an awful spot and for the life of me I cant get a trap out set so im going to vacuum them out, I have a bucket head set up ready to go, its pressure reduced and I hit the shredder in my office and thought that will help stop the girls from rattling around in the bucket until I rehome them, im sure they will clean up once hived. Is there anything im overlooking? any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Vacuum them out?? Are you referring to a cut out rather than a trap out? I am confused. ad do not want to draw any conclusions. However, It would seem that if you can do a cut out it would be faster, but why vacuum them? Just do the cut out and cage the queen. Place her in a transport hive and wait for the bees to all join her. Then after dark close them up. The next night you can Vacuum up the stragglers that gather at the site.
 

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I cant harm the tree in any way, city ordinance, They are about 30 feet in the air, the tree they are in is on about a 50 degree slope so im having to use a lift to get to them ,the entrance is only about the size of a baseball and points off on a silly angle so everything is fighting me, getting a box hung up there is next to impossible,i figure just sucking them out is about my only bet
 

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I agree with previous posts: If all you have is a baseball sized entrance, I cant imagine how you are going to do this without creating a huge mess of things. The amount of suction needed to pull a hive of bees out of a tree cavity from the entrance would have to be immense. If you plan to jab a nozzle around in a dark tree cavity, you are going to be fighting all sorts of comb and more likely to squash the queen than safely vacuum her up. I don't mean to rain on your parade, but this seems like it has a low probability of success. You may want to think a little harder about rigging a trap out up there or widening your access a little.

If you'll forgive the pun, you have your work "cut out" for you. Good luck.
 

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Trap out wasn't going anywhere,So i did a cut out and it went beyond well,got brood,stores,her highness, about 90 percent of the girls,they are in their new home and doing bee stuff.It was hot as the dickens though.Thanks ten
 
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