I did my 2nd ever cut out a few days ago from the ceiling of an outbuilding.
Looked straightforward, I could see the entrance and the ceiling was nailed on OSB, but after a short time I found it was also glued, so the bees were far from happy with all the noise, and made their displeasure known
Anyway, finally got the bees vacuumed out and the brood/larve/eggs put in frames, plus about 60 pounds of wildflower honey
But, between the joists about 12 feet back from the nest were a big ball of bees which I assume contain the queen as I couldn't find here anywhere else.
I'm loathe to use the vac to try and get her out in case I injure or kill her, and it's too far back to try and somehow coral her and pull her forward.
Is there any way to tempt her out of hiding so I can get a catcher around her?
As a side-note, do not attempt to remove angry bees in 97 degree heat while fully suited. The cramps you get later from dehydration are agony, many times worse than the single sting I got on my bicep