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Offline Newbee

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Cleaning up a hive for re-use
« on: February 06, 2020, 10:27:57 am »
Both of my hives died over-winter, and I'm looking to try again with a package or two this spring.
What steps should I take to prepare the old equipment (live bee's in it 2 months ago!) for re-use this spring to minimize transferring anything nasty?
Some of the frames have dead bee's stuck head-down in the comb, there is some honey left, a few spots have moldy/fuzzy looking nasty stuff...

Is it enough to remove anything not-nice looking, and place the frames in the freezer for a period (1-2 weeks?), or should I scrape everything off and make them start over? Burn all the frames and sterilize the woodware?

Dunno what killed them off, one was very healthy, one was weak going into winter... both dead out 100%. Did have a lot of SHB's in there...

Thanks.

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Re: Cleaning up a hive for re-use
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2020, 01:34:40 pm »
Shake off what dead bees you can. Don't worry about the ones in the cells. freeze all the frames  and keep them safe from wax moths. The bees will clean out the dead, the mold, and the dirt and dust. Just add your package to one box and add the other boxes as needed.
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Re: Cleaning up a hive for re-use
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 12:16:24 pm »
Stack boxes and put 2 cups glacial acetic acid 95% on top of stack fully enclosed at 70 or better for temp.leave 2 weeks.
Kills nosema efb wax moths
Air out for a week minimum.

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Re: Cleaning up a hive for re-use
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2020, 08:00:10 pm »
Would love to here more about this method. THANKS

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Re: Cleaning up a hive for re-use
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2020, 08:11:20 pm »
Troutdog,
Don't know what Chem. U talking about but is nosema and efb a problem in north states.???

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Re: Cleaning up a hive for re-use
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2020, 07:35:56 am »
Stack boxes and put 2 cups glacial acetic acid 95% on top of stack fully enclosed at 70 or better for temp.leave 2 weeks.
Kills nosema efb wax moths
Air out for a week minimum.

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Ditto Mikey, do you have any links or other details to share?

THanks.

- K