I tried to get these guys out of this log last year, tried every trick I could think of.. frames, frames with brood and all.. no luck a whole year of traipsing thru the deep over frames, and not one cell touched.... they just dug deeper in the log.( I cut it off at the edge of the comb on the bottom. so they are remodeling inside, they had no space left.
This year I am going to try 2 things.. first fuming them out since I can get to both ends, second is a cutout with a bee vac....
My question is timing? since its finaly warm I am ready, but what the best timeing for the bees? one thought is to wait until I have a queen ready because I assume failure.... the other is right away and let them raise a new one from some of my other brood.
But when are they best ready to produce wax and settle in a box???