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I don't see a better stack site for this so I'll just post it here. I remember an apiarist I met saying they cultivated honeycomb without a smoker or anything like that, but I never asked them how. Figured it would be interesting to ask if there is any consensus on how one could do that without bees swarming or anything like that.

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    $\begingroup$ for the rest of us, "Apiarist is a fancy word for a beekeeper." Phys.org: Nicotine enhances bees' activity CBSNews: Are bees getting addicted to nicotine? fyi the nicotine comes from neonicotinoid pesticides in places the bees visit, not from the bee-keepers' use of smokers. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Apr 29 at 9:28
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    $\begingroup$ Ok, well is there a consensus on how to do it without a smoker? $\endgroup$ – askmathquestions Apr 29 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ It'a a good question! If you would like to ask about beekeeping without a smoker, then it's better if you click "edit" and adjust the wording of your question along the lines of your comment. I don't think you want to ask about neonicotinoid pesticides, and the smokers can use various kinds of smoke. You might consider asking a second question also, as a new post, something like "How do beekeeper's smokers have a calming effect on Bees?" $\endgroup$ – uhoh Apr 29 at 23:57

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