On Friday, a swarm moved into a pillar on my front porch. The pillar is stucco with a stone facade, so breaking it open is really not something I want to do. I'm perfectly fine leaving the bees alone, since they aren't really bothering us. My husband is concerned that the hive will grow and end up invading our house, so he wants them exterminated. We had a pest control person come out and they said they're pretty certain they are European bees. I'm told that the cost to have a beekeeper come and remove them would be very expensive. Our money is tight right now, so I was hoping there was a way I could safely encourage them to leave or move
I really don't know much about bees, beyond what is on the news. I'd like to get them to move but I don't really know how. My thought was to buy a small bee keeping box and some pheromone and hope they move. Then I'd call a beekeeper to simply come and collect them. Is this crazy?
Any ideas would be appreciated