I got a call last week about bees living in a pillar on the front porch of a house. The man of the house is not that concerned with them being around but his wife is terrified of them. Both or convinced the bes are making to much of a mess of the house and worried that they are getting further into the structure than just the pillar. Temps this friday and Saturday are forcasted to be at 60 degrees so I am planning the cut out for Firday and Saturday mid day to early afternoon. For me temp must be 55 or better and bees must be active to begin. Bees will be kept in car to remain warm if needed. I am planning on the cut out to take 3 hours at most. Hope I am in the ball park with that one. The pillar is to be removed. so I am able to take off one entire side to get to the comb. this will be almsot as easy as taking from as from a lang. minus the frame part. Homeowner has already removed nails etc to the plywood and held it in place with a few screws. so not a lot of de construction to do. mainly take time to not destroy comb. If I have to I will be able to close it back up and wait til the next day to finish. So far I plan to go with two deep boxes with empty frames. Cut comb away and rubber band it into the frames. I am hoping two deeps hold all of this as the home owner said he cut a peep hole and it looks like the pillar is about half full of comb. I kind of fell sorry for the guy becasue he sems to be perfectly comfortable aroudn bees. but his wife is terrified of them. He sort of likes the idea of bees living on his front porch. she won't use anything but the back door. Anyway he is happy to see that the bees do not have to die and has been a huge help in prepping them for removal. I am ot sure jsut how much thsi will count as a first trap out. it is goign to easy. no crawl spaces. no having to bump my face into the comb. I may even have half a chance of catching the queen. If not these bees will turn my two nucs into full size hives. Wish me luck and please fell free to offer any suggestions. I don't think I know what I am doing. this is just the plan that sounds most workable to me. Oh My plan so far is to cut away the plywood from one side of the nuc abotu a one foot sectin at a time. this way the entire side of the hive is not exposed but it does give me acces to some of teh comb. get that removed then cut away the next section. I can then stop and put all the wood back if necessary. Let them get through the night and come back and start again the next day.