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Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by PerryBee, Jun 18, 2012.
Do you folks use a lot of smoke during a cut-out or do you find it just riles them up even more?
I use the same small amount I would use when inspecting a hive in the bee yard.
Kind of depends on the attitude of the ladies really. I have done a couple of cut outs and never lit the smoker, of course these were inside and no smoke could be used (sugar water worked well). Have done some that smoke did not seem to matter they were still pissy. For the most part a little smoke in the beginning, vac up the guard bees and they seem to just submit to what is going on.
Thank you gentlemen. Today or tomorrow I shall let you know what happens. :wink:
My limited experience (one real cut out) the smoke ran them farther back into the structure, and made my job harder.
What G3farms said....:thumbsup:....:goodpost:
Vaccing up the guard bees BEFORE cutting comb, what a novel idea. Going to try that next time. (I didn't have a bee-vac until the 2nd day of my first cutout.)
I don't use smoke if the colony is inside a wall or roof that would force them further back into a recess or perhaps cause them to cross over to a poorly constructed studd or roof truss. It's more work to get them all that way.
Looking forward to seeing how your cutout goes Perry...