Straight forward swarm collection from a compost bin in Chadwell Heath seemed too good to be true.
Well, it wasn’t. Not only was it easily accessible, the bees were very good natured indeed.
Only slight hitch was bees were determined to go back into the bin and so had to smoke out returning foragers twice to get them to orientate to the nucleus.
Perhaps the plastic retained the queen’s pheromones a little better, but they still wanted to go in even after a liberal dousing of the inside and outside with a can of Glade with a fragrance that should have been “Florally Offensive”.
Anyway, see the video here.