I live in Adelaide South Australia.
I would like to try a flowframe but am unsure if it would work for my situation. I don’t want to use it for any of the usual uses. I am a bit of a “greenie” & don’t like the idea of killing bees but I have been forced to several times over the years due to new swarms arriving and settling at the junction of my tiled roof barge and the wall. The swarm season started earlier last year & so I wasn’t prepared. Usually I apply a can of baygon to all my eaves and cracks between window frames and walls. When the new bees come they will not stay as they sense the poison. I hate to kill bees as they benefit my fruit trees. Last year they came & I didn’t have the heart to kill them. They have multiplied and it is difficult to walk past on some days. My daughter has a mild allergy & was stung last week so I just have to do something.
My idea is to lure some bees from the existing hive in the eaves/wall of my house to about a meter or so away on the roof with a new flow frame hive so that it is safer to walk under. There is another inlet to the hive up on the roof itself that I can place the flow Hive over. Once the bees are established on the roof they will still be of benefit to the garden plus I can get a bit of honey. If I extract the honey regularly then perhaps I can keep the original hive in check & it will not keep getting bigger?..What are the thoughts…any way the flowframe may help me out? Will the bees move across? will the existing adjacent hive need to be removed or will the new flow frame keep everything in check?