This particular hive was swarm arrived Easter morning. Always tried to go in at the top of the trap, so I assume feral.
Any smoke on their hive makes them come boiling out aggressive.
They are not aggressive at other times - just when the smoke is around them.
Not my other swarm or other 2 hives.
Smoke lightly and they are just nice as they can be / should be.
Smoker not hot - don't smoke heavily.
Yes, I'm new.
It is not so important to try to figure out their mindset - bees don't read the books.
But what are my options to use for inspections or additions to this hive if I can't use smoke ???
Read sugar syrup + water can help, but I'm in Texas and heat can make it dry fast and mess up wings.
Besides, if I spray that into the entrance first like wafting smoke, think other bees might want to come "help" them clean up and definitely don't want to start a robbing situation. Also spray might get on outside of boxes too drawing more free-loaders.
Thank you - this site is really helpful.