Is the top of the colony exposed to the elements now? I seriously doubt the bees will vacate the tree for your trap. Your odds of them living through this process of relocation decreases as Fall approaches, & will most likely increase by waiting to the Spring.Five gallon bucket vac. We cut the tree about ten foot up. Bees located at the bottom of the tree. I put a swarm trap next to tree with bait. Not sure it wil take them. My plan was to cut tree open till i can get to all the comb. Cut comb out to size of frame and rubber band them to frame while looking for queen and vacuuming bees. Ive watched alot of vids on the process. Should i do something different? Wait till spring?
Next spring, CAREFULLY cut a bit off at a time until you get to the top of the combsThe tree was hollow but full of rotted wood at top where we cut it. I talked him into letting me wait till spring.