Maybe I should have known they might do this. I don't know. I had one of my first paying cutouts call back and say that the bees had made a hole in our caulking and were going in and out again.
I did the cutout Friday. I knew there were some stragglers that I missed. They were flying around after things were all put back together. I didn't think much of it, assuming that they would disperse soon. I called Saturday, and actually stopped to check. They had diminished to maybe 15 bees. The folks called me today with the news, and told me that they noticed a hole yesterday evening just before dark. They said that at that time, it did not look like they were going in and out. Today they confirmed that they were.
We spent several hours removing trim etc, to get to the bees. When we got there, I removed everything. I vaccumed bees several times until there were no more to find, I scraped the inside clean, I scrubbed with Pinesol, we rebuilt everything, we vacuumed more bees, we caulked and pitched every conceivable entrance, and finally vaccumed a few more bees.
The people, amazingly, are still happy with me. They actually paid more than I charged on Friday. They are still trying to pay me for my extra time. I am, of course refusing, for obvious reasons. I just want to get this right. What did I miss here? Is it possible that the queen was still inside??? If so, how the heck do I remedy this deal. I cringe at the thought of removing all of that material to get down in there again. Tonight I put up some temporary trim, to prevent them from getting in, or eating away more caulking. I also swept up about 30-50 bees.
Any help out there??? I am bracing for the berating for missing something obvious
I would post pics, but I still have not figured that out. I thought I had it, but they did not show up.