I got a call today about a hive in a tree that the owner doesn't want to cut down. I'll give the trapout a shot, but how do you price that vs doing a cutout?
Doing a trapout is basically making a screen cone over the entrance and filling in any gaps so that the bees can't get back in, but they can get out through the small end of the cone. The opening in the cone should be the size of a pencil, right? Does the tip of the cone "plug into" the hive, or just open close to the entrance?
I believe Iddee on Beesource told me the opening should be large enough to accomodate two drones.
The cone does not go into the void.
The process is more like 4-6 weeks but because you haven't done any you can probably add at least a week to that. You can expect to replace the hive body at least twice depending on the size of the colony. I know Iddee has done some where he filled 4-5 boxes.