I got a call from an exterminating company this morning, asking me to call a lady with bees in her house. She thinks they moved into the cavity last Tuesday. From what she said they seem to be in between the foundation and the wood siding on an addition, at near ground level. It sounds very easy and straightforward (I have done about a dozen cut-outs before).
The tricky part is this: she called another beekeeper last week and it sounds like he set up a trap-out. I don't know if he didn't explain that it would take some time (or perhaps he thought since it was a fresh swarm they might move right in) but she wants this beehive gone, yesterday. I asked if she had gotten back in touch with the original beek, and she said no. I think I can do this cutout easy and fast, but I do not want to step on this guy's toes since I feel it is pretty clear he has 'first dibs.' There are bees in her house and bees flying outside, its possible he messed up the trap-out but then its possible he just wanted to try it before doing a cut-out.
This is about 40 minutes from where I live, I can do it tomorrow morning but I asked her to please call him before I committed. Supposing she can't get in touch with him, should I just go and do the cut-out, or should I decline out of respect for the other beek? What are the 'rules' here?