Make Sure You Use Enough Smoke

For some reason, beginning beekeepers seem to get a little shy with their smoker.  If you want to calm your bees, you need to get two to three full puffs of smoke into the entrance before working the colony.  Then use a little more after you open the lid or separate the boxes.  If you don’t smoke the bees enough before opening the lid, you will find that no amount of smoke will calm them down later!