Well, cleaning up my own mess is always fun. I just loved the look of the bee tree I took down, found it a great spot in my garden, put a tabletop on it and said yes, that needs a piece of sculpture. There was only a little comb left in it, a couple of pieces, one viewable from the front, and I sprayed them down with BT. This is what it looked like when I set it out in the garden. I brought home a cutout in mid-March and I think the swarm in the tree came from them. They tolerated me in the garden, but I wasn't home much either. I took their picture on March 26th. When I got chased out of the garden the weekend of April 1st, and stung on the cheek, that was not so much fun. So this past Saturday night I added a medium Hogan Swarm trap, full of brood comb that I sprayed with BT, mounted on top of the tree to invite the ladies to move. They are resistant to change. I plugged the main entrance with heavy underlayment all wadded up. So they dug a lower exit/entrance. I covered the lower exit/entrance with dirt in the dark Monday night, but guess I missed part of it. I've had a pitiful little nuc that swarmed off that cutout into my nuc trap, even with a robber guard, constantly being robbed out. Monday night I moved it to my front porch, sure enough some bees found it. So yesterday, I decided the bees were wasting far too much energy robbing my little nuc. I put on a suit and in daylight covered the lower entrance/exit. Opened the entrance reducer on the hive a bit more, (it was at the 4 bee width spot, I slanted it.) Took an empty deep out there, put a queen excluder on top of the medium, moved the ziploc feed bag to the top of the excluder, put the deep box on top of that with 7 frames of plastic wax coated foundation and 3 frames from the nuc. Nurse bees, probably a queen, a few wax moth larva on the frame with fresh open eggs. Put the lid on, wished them luck and took off. Since the tree bees haven't been going in the top box, that little tiny hive may manage to co-exist. If the tree bees move up I don't have to plant my garden wearing a bee suit. Either way I think it is a win-win situation. Any comments? suggestions? Ideas?