Got a call today about a swarm (1st one). :grin: Turns out it was a handfull of bees hanging around a 150 year old farmhouse, looking to find a home underneath some exterior trim up on the second floor. The funny thing about all this is that I had set out a couple of swarm traps for Adam Foster Collins (forum member who helped me move my hives) in the hope of catching something for him. These were Adam's swarm boxes complete with Lemongrass Oil and everything. Anyway when I show up at the adress the lady gave, it turns out it is only about a couple hundred yards from where I had one of his traps set up. :lol: They had a couple of old ladders (24') and I went up to take a look just as they seemed to find a way into the wall. Where they had been hanging around in a couple of areas they seemed to have settled on this spot. I quickly drove and picked up the nearby swarm box and set it up so it's entrance is about 8 " away from where they had been hanging about and finally went into the wall. I never did see what I would refer to as a "swarm", there were never that many bees. I am wondering if these were a bunch of scout bees perhaps checking out the digs? All I saw were bees arriving, not leaving. Or do you think that perhaps the queen is already in there and that everyone just missed the initial swarm? I am hoping that the bees inside (if they haven't started to build) will find the lure of drawn comb just outside the wall too attractive and draw them out. Wishfull thinking? These folks (elderly mother and daughter, that initially called me from her house) asked several times what it would cost to remove them (I had explained trap-out/cut-outs). I said it would depend on the complexity. They then asked a couple of times if because the bees hadn't set up shop yet could they just spray them. I told them that that was their perogative but that it was difficult enough to keeps bees alive as of late, don't expect me to do it! I do not believe they are willing to pay for much, I told them I would not charge for the small amount of time I had spent to that point but that I would not be willing to do more if it didn't lure them out (without being compensated).