Re: Do you use smoke everytime and does it set them back?
Use smoke, and wear a veil. Sure, occasionally you can get by without either, but are you willing to risk your vision (a sting in the eye)? And remember, ALL bees come armed! Even if they're gentle one day, doesn't mean they won't be cranky the next time you go out there. Sometimes it depends on which drone's semen the queen is using when she lays eggs. You know, some of those drones don't come from "good" neighborhoods!
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow