Back when this redneck had no money, all I had was a home made veil and no gloves. We were going to remove a colony from an old, empty house. When we opened them and smoked them, it was like they didn't know there was smoke being used. 200 plus stings that day, we got them in a hive and left it in the yard for the stragglers to come to.
Next day, they were working the hive just fine. That's when we saw that there was another hive in the wall next to them. That is where the stings were coming from. We hadn't smoked them. Same thing again. 200 plus stings getting the second hive. Repeat. Finally tore the whole side of the house off, even toppling the chimney. Five hives total, with too many stings to count, but managed to count 1000 plus in the five days.