I have agreed to cut out a nice colony of bees. It’s not actually a cut out- in that the colony is not inside anything- it is hanging exposed under a gutter. Very easy to access. But when I looked at it yesterday the combs were densely covered in bees. I am fairly confident about he process of cutting out the comb and rubber banding it into frames- but what I am concerned about is how to handle the combs when they are thickly covered in bees? I do not have a bee vac set up.
Is there any trick I can do to get the bees off the comb while I work?
I can put my nuc box right up beside the colony- and was thinking I might be able to put a frame of brood in it first and try and entice bees into there to reduce the numbers on the comb?
Does anyone have any advice for me?