i need info. i'm trying to draw a swarm out of a tree that cant be cut. i've got a swarm lure in a hive mounted on top of a 5 foot step ladder. i need to know how far from the tree i need to put my hive and how long will the swarm lure last?
If the bees are ensconced in the tree, in a cavity, as if THAT IS their permanent home you will not lure them out.
You can possibly make them abscond by beating on the tree for an extended period of time as in every few hours for as many days as it takes. Like beat, bang, beat, bang, beat, bang, over and over and over until...
Weather they will choose to re-locate in your offered new home is iffy. I have had a couple of trials at this exercize and the bees just BUGGED out never to be seen again.
But you can always try and keep good notes so YOU can educate us.
Who knows, you might just be successful.