Better use some water spray. Let it rain. The'll walk in right away. Smoke does disturb them too much.
A few weeks ago my friend's apiary was hit by a bear. Two of his three hives were a total loss. The third hive had been pushed, but not knocked over. We decided to move his remaining hive to my yard.Problem, since its so hot, the bees hang out on the porch at night. Any quick tips on getting them into the hive prior to blocking the entrance?
Maybe a shot of smoke?