On July 3 I started this trap out from an nest in a block wall
- everything seemed to be going alright until last week when I checked on it and realized that they had found another way in.
I caulked it up, and thought that I had the problem fixed, but a couple of days later they were still getting in - no telling how long this had been going on. Anyway that was late last week, and I didn't get back over there until yesterday (Monday morning) armed with a can of great stuff to cork up every possible place that an entrance could be hiding.
When I got there I noticed a couple of dead bees in front of the bait hive, and not an awful lot of traffic compared to normal. My first fear was that the weak bait hive had been robbed (5 medium frames of bees more or less) but there wasn't evidence of a lot of carnage, just a couple of dead bees. However I also saw some fighting going on - for sure fighting - bees grappling and trying to sting each other. Not lots of fighting only a couple instances of it at the time. The bees in the bait hive were aggressively guarding the entrance.
So I used a piece of wood to reduce the entrance down to about 3-4 inches, and I went ahead and squirted great stuff all over the place - which caused a flurry of activity of course.
When I went back this morning it appears that they are now locked out of the original hive again - for now. I say this because bees are once again clustered around the cone trying to get in.
The bees in the bait hive seem to be still aggressively guarding the reduced entrance - lots of serious looking bees standing shoulder to shoulder and checking the papers of anyone who wants in. But I didn't see any fighting or more dead bees.
I also didn't see either a big cluster of live bees that are locked out of the original hive or a bunch of dead ones that have died of exposure.
So, are the trapped out bees still being let into the bait hive with it's new enhanced security? I can't tell, but they have to be going somewhere.
I don't know for sure if the bait hive has been robbed or not - it didn't seem like a good time to open it up. And also they may just be in a bad mood - my other hive at home has gotten a little bit touchy in the last few days. Might just be that time of year. However, they should have a new queen that is just now starting to lay, but I have not verified that yet. If the queen got killed on her mating flight that could be making them testy too I guess.
So, what do you think?