I now have a few cutouts, hanging swarms and tree limb removals under my belt. I struggle w/ the following issues and i am sure you guys can educate me so i can improve.
1. Stragglers- all but one of my removals had lots of stargglers which necessiatted me going back a handful of times to each location. In one I have no idea if i got the queen, in another i saw queen and put her in hive-but still thousands of bees were hanging in a swarm like clump on both cutouts. I used bee brush and pan and was able to get many, but not close to all. Do i need a bee vac? if so, suggest a few brands. Can you indiscriminantly vacuum up bees if you have no idea where queen is? Does it have to be a "bee vac" or do wet/dry vac work?
2. on hanging swarms, I was able to get decent access and make a good shake and about 95% of bees made into nuc box and I closed up. I looked for queen w/ stargglers and didn't see her. I waited about 1/2 hr and still no visible queen. I left w/ nuc and it rained so hard no bees could have survived. In hanging swarms, is the queen in the middle? Do you presume the queen came down w/ the mass of bees?
3. In one cutout, I dropped bomb after days of catching stargglers. Many suggested bee-go or similar products. This drives the bees from the arae, but wont they return in a few hrs? Thats why I used sparay, which obviously broke my bee heart.