i have read a number of posts on laying worker hives this season. this is a good pdf on laying workers, and drone laying queens: Egg Laying Worker Bees in my own experience, i have found that the best method to deal with laying workers is to either shake them out in front of other hives, or combine them with a strong colony using the newspaper method. requeening them typically meets with the bees not accepting the queen, as mentioned in the tips. also, i found this from an old abj article: "Laying Workers and Their Colonies When a colony survives a queen loss for many weeks and does not successfully replace the queen, queen mandibular pheromone (QMP or queen substance) production and brood pheromone levels are both low. This allows the ovaries of many of the larger (infertile) workers to develop and these workers begin laying eggs. There will be multiple eggs on the side walls of each cell because the laying workerâ€™s abdomens arenâ€™t long enough to reach the bottoms of the cells and they also canâ€™t detect that an egg has already been laid there. Their unfertilized eggs will develop into drones only, despite the fact that they are developing in worker-sized cells. The combined QMP output from all the laying workers is sufficient to fool the colony into believing that they have a queen. Finding all of the laying workers is impossible. Simple requeening of a laying worker hive will consistently fail, because: 1. There are no young accepting nurse bees present (only old, unaccepting foragers), and 2. The colony thinks they have a queen. The best way to manage this situation is to combine this colony with a queenright colony using the newspaper method." i would just like to re-emphasize 1 and 2, mostly #1, this is why requeening consistently fails: 1. There are no young accepting nurse bees present (only old, unaccepting foragers), and 2. The colony thinks they have a queen.