Re: To smoke or not
my advice to you is to listen to the ones (fishstix, sqkcrk, and countryboy) that know that you can't communicate with the bees, so you need to quit assuming that they think their tree is on fire or other assumptions that are nothing more than old wives tales. Those guys have done forgot more than I'll ever know. So I know to listen them, rather than some so called bee whisperer.
Use smoke when working your bees and you will be better off and so will your bees.
All you are doing is drawing the unwanted pest around your hive with the bait. Just like a fly If you want flys around, one sure way of having them is to put out bait. Thats what a trap contains.
So much to learn, so little time!!