So I attempted my second cutout. Didn't go well this time. The bees were in the end box of a patio bench. I smoked them, then moved the box back so that the bench slide out more of the opening that was also their hive entrance.
They went crazy. I was protected and did not get stung. But they followed me for ever and for along time.
Has anyone been in that situation? Do you go forward with the cutout or did you just kill the bees?