This may seem like a lame question to ask, but I have to ask it. Can any of you offer any suggestions for how to not kill a bunch of bees when putting a hive back together after a thorough inspection? Seems like the rims of most of my boxes are lined with smashed bees. Is there any way to prevent this, or is it just gonna happen when a hive gets to a certain population? I've tried smoking them back, brushing them off, etc., but it seems like there are 2 or 3 add'l bees to take the place of each one that I brush/smoke off.
If it's gonna happen, I'm fine with it I suppose, but if I can avoid killing a bunch after every inspection I'd like to do that. Tips/suggestions appreciated.