Re: Cutout and Smoker
I usually never have to really smoke the bees I prefer to spray a little sugar water on them. I always have my smoker available in case the bees get really riled up but generally haven't had to use it. My first cut outs six years ago were in steel tanks, I used a grinder to cut the holes to get them and got a couple of stings but other than that most cut outs I have done (I do about 7/year, This year I did 12) never got a sting and only used the smoker on the entrance when I started, other than that smoker dies out and doesn't get used at all. With you being in TX make sure to suit up well in case they turn out to be AHB. Good Luck!
"Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown