Interesting. I have read about the use of water as I mentioned, and of course I was intrigued, as it would be a lot easier....If used judiciously I have never seen anything (and I've tried them all) work as well as smoke.
I tried using a mister once. The bees took absolutely no notice of it whatsoever. Not a pleasant experience for me or the bees!A lot of people are using water mist instead of smoke. Some with a bit of apple cider vinegar. I've never done it myself, but many do and argue that it works as well as smoke.
The forum at biobees.com has a lot on the subject.
Forgive my ignorance, but how exactly do you mist with water without first opening the hive? Even if it worked perfectly, you'd have to hit the bees with it before being stung. It would seem one of the advantages to smoke is that you put a few puffs at each entrance and then wait a couple of minutes before opening the hive and setting off the alarms?Interesting. I have read about the use of water as I mentioned, and of course I was intrigued, as it would be a lot easier.
But I just can't bring myself to switch. The smoker has always been a part of beekeeping as I know it, and it works. Some proponents of water will argue that smoke is so tough on the bees. But I don't get that sense. - unless, as you say, you over use it. And you can tell when you've gone too far.