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Hi Everyone. I just got a call from a guy who had a tree knocked down in the storm we had over the weekend. Apparently there was a nest in the tree, and the bees are being very aggressive. I had helped a friend of his with a swarm earlier this year. He is wondering if I can help him out. I am going to check it out in a couple hours. Any suggestions for the best way to deal with it? I am think of cutting the tree open where the bees are, pulling out as much comb as I can and setting it up in hive body, and hoping I get the queen along with. Leave it there for a few days and then collect it after dark. Thoughts? Is this likely to work? Any other method suggested? Thanks for any help!
 

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Hi Everyone. I just got a call from a guy who had a tree knocked down in the storm we had over the weekend. Apparently there was a nest in the tree, and the bees are being very aggressive. I had helped a friend of his with a swarm earlier this year. He is wondering if I can help him out. I am going to check it out in a couple hours. Any suggestions for the best way to deal with it? I am think of cutting the tree open where the bees are, pulling out as much comb as I can and setting it up in hive body, and hoping I get the queen along with. Leave it there for a few days and then collect it after dark. Thoughts? Is this likely to work? Any other method suggested? Thanks for any help!
If the nest cavity itself is intact you could possibly cut above and below the cavity and keep them in a log hive temporarily until such time as you could modify the log hive to transition them to a removable-frame hive?

Here is our own Patrick Thomas doing something similar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFkLYdzZxNc
 
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