Yesterday I turned my name into the Extension office as someone willing to get swarms. Got the call today. Except it's not a swarm.
A gentleman owns a weekend cabin here and there are bees going into a crack in the mortar of his chimney. Sounds like it's above the roof line. I told him this wasn't a simple removal, that a someone with good construction (and deconstruction) skills would be required plus someone to get the bees out. Went over the issues of just killing the bees and leaving the honey behind (not being a good idea). Also told him that without knowing exactly where the bees are there is no good way to go about this without pulling rocks and then boards.
Anyway, how should I proceed? I'm not real interested in getting into this but would like to give the guy solid advice.
The first thing you need to do is look at in person or have some pics e-mailed to you so you can get a better idea of what's what.
Thus far I think you gave very good advice. If it is indeed very involved someone with lots of experience should do it. I have been looking into trap outs and what I have gathered thus far is you have to know exactly what you are doing or you are opening up more than just another can of worms.
Iddee from beesource is the man with the trapping plan. He has been doing it for a very long time. You could pm him through their site, he loves to talk bees. He resides in North Carolina.