ok here the story, my bug man came by yesturday to spray my home and told me he didnt know I had hives, I told him if he ever gets called to get rid of bee's to call me before he kills them and he told me he wished he knew that because he bomded one last week, well as the story goes he called me today and told me the bee's didnt die and if I wanted them to go see if i could get them, well i went and looked, dead bee's everywhere but still 1000's of bees coming and going and some in the hive, there in a overhang of the second floor but the building has a porch on the first floor I could work off of, the overhang is vinyl siding (lucky), thing I was wondering about sence the hive was bomded and the queen might have been killed, would this be a good time to get them, they might be raising a new queen and if I tear the siding down and some how mess up the queen cells, the hive might die ?
, I would like to keep a black queen from this hive, i was going to leave a nuc with some comb in it and go back that night to retrieve it with the foragers (hopefully) , the entrance to the hive is under the drip edge, so the entrance to the nuc will be about 2 inches above there hive entrance and I im going to close up the old hive entrance, any advice would be appreciated, this will be my first feral hive to remove, and these bee's are pretty black bee's, they said the hive has been there for about 2 years. I'm going to get them this weekend when no one's at the county building so I have 4 days to get ready but I am also working nights , get off work friday morning. this will be fun as long as I dont tear up the building lol , oh and I dont have a bee-vac. I might try a old week dust buster?