I got up yesterday at my typical 3 am. Found an e-mail in my in box asking me to come look at bees in the attic space of an apartment building. I wrote a reply that I woudl be in contact but woudl like to see them after I got off work at 2:30 PM. While at work I got a call that their was a huge "Cloud" of bees near one of our campus buildings. I knew it was a swarm so I made a coupel of calls got permission to capture them. another call had my equipment on the way from home. An hour later the swarm was in my nuc box. It will be added to my top bar hive today. After work I went to look at the cut out. From the exterior it appeared the bees entrance was near the top of the rafter blocking next to a rafter. good chance they where above the ceiling and below the roof in open space. Gained access to the attic through an access panel in one of the apartments. At first I saw nothing and the attic was well over 100 degrees. I had to crawl in about 4 feet to finally find the set of rafters the bees where between. there is a colony that is at least 8 combs wide and 4 feet long total it widens out to 12 combs or more. I estimate it is a total of 16 square feet of comb that hangs down 8 to 12 inches. I am tryign to figure out how to rig work lights with red bulbs. this may be an easy 100% no destruction cut out. I may have to remove one piece of blocking between the rafters to get the entire thing. After talking with the property manager I returned home and started to draft an e-mail with my bid for the be removal when my wife and kids called me to the back yard. Two houses away in their back yard our neighbors had a swarm hanging in a pear tree. This swarm was huge. large than anything I have ever seen. I got a 10 frame deep and was concerned it would not fit in that. It is also now in my back yard. Plus I have a second cut out I need to start today or tomorrow. I just spent 3 weeks getting 9 med boxes made for teh 4 hives I have. I am one again without any spare equipemnt and as of this moment need 3 deep boxes 4 each bottom boards, inner covers and outer covers and probably 12 mid boxes. all boxes need frames. I have 3 med boxes left and 4 5 frame nuc boxes. no frames for the nucs at this time. I have a bee vac to get built and two cut outs to get done. No time for building equipment. but two attempts to get ahead on equipment has not even kept me up to pace. I am not sure their is any way to keep up with the increase. Maybe just set a number to go for each year and let the rest pass? If I had more boxes I would just make a craigs list ad and chase swarms for the next couple of days. I suspect that ehse two swarms a couple of blocks from each other are a micro sample of what is goign on across the city. I now have 6 hives in my back yard and two yet to get. I could move as many as 7 hives to an out yard which makes it much more acceptable to do. plus I have not even starting thinking about making splits or nucs. I am charging for the removal at the apartments. That will help in getting materials to build more hives. Until then I am setting in the middle of one of the most prolific swarming seasons I have seen with no equipment. I will start catching them in cardboard boxes if I have to.