I would be a little worried about fire too. I try using anything other than a smoker after this happened. I had a friend in Texas (who I hope never finds this and reads this!
) who had several hives and did removals....will he was the big bad man if there ever was one; cute too just in case he reads this
. Not afraid of those bees at all! He was always pestering me about going out on cut outs, etc. as I just got the 'gentle and safe swarms' back then. So, one day I went with him and I suited up to the teeth! This is how I remember it going:
He walked over to the colony in the side of a porch where the entrance was about 'eye level'. Grabbed the smoker and fired it up, puffed a few into the entrance of the colony. Took the saws all and went to work! No suit, just a veil and he had been fully warned about the bees chasing kids and dogs over half of the county before they gave up.
You could hear those bees winding up over the sounds of that saws all! I sware it! He just had the opening cut out and soon dropped the saws all...running back wards...grabbed the smoker and it was still lit and hot....threw it right past the bees coming out of the colony better than anyone ever on the Dallas Cowboys team
and that smoker went right through the large bay window and into the living room of the house where it popped open and the rest is history!
The good thing was that the home owner had insurance and did not sue him.
They also wanted to remodel the house, so it was in their favor! Whew!
This happened some years ago, so I sure that he would have gotten sued now. My regret is that I never had a video of it! He stopped dowing cut outs for some time after that.