A co-worker heard I was looking to start beekeeping and told me about a tree hove in his back yard. The tree is dead, but still surprisingly sturdy. The only entrance I saw the bees using is about 22-26' up. I am guessing most of the hive/bees are below this because 4' above the entry is a woodpecker nest entry with a large woodpecker inhabitant. My co-worker's grandmother owned the house previously and said the bees have been there many years they swarmed back in the spring a couple of times according to my co-worker he has photo proof. They want the bees gone so they can remove the tree without killing the colony. Should I try a trap that high and drag this out the several weeks (which I informed him it could take) it most likely will take to get the bulk of the bees or attempt a cut out? I could use one of my hang-on deerstands to work from? I would love to leave them and milk this hive for several starts cause they seem very strong even after swarming, but they need them gone.