I haven't been on in a looong time but have a problem so I figure I would ask. One of my three hives swarmed a little bit ago so I have an empty hive. About a week ago, I saw that a tree in the field near my house had a beehive. The city workers have been going through this field cutting down all the trees and they had cut off the top of the tree with the beehive, exposing alot of the comb. Alot of the comb was also left in the top of the tree. I was told the ciry workers had left in a hurry haha :roll: and that they would wait until the bees left to finish cutting the tree down.
I thought great! So I hauled out my unused beehive, cleaned it out, rubbed it with lemon balm, and set it about four feet away from the stump. I left some empty comb in the hive to entice them but they are stubborn. According to my neighbor who also lives next to the bees, they have been there three weeks since the tree was cut down. They have no intention of moving, even tho it has been raining hard lately. How can I get them out of the stump?