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Thread: old moldy comb?

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    I am a beginner beekeeper. I inhereted a super with 9 frames of drawn comb. It is very dark, and some of it has a white substance of it that looks to me like some kind of mold. There are also dead bees stuck in some of the cells. Should I use these frames? Thank you for your help.

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    If there are a few dead bees and little mold, yes, I'd give it to the bees to clean it up. But most of the mold I see on comb is gray or black. Any wax moth webs? If it has a lot of webs in it I cut the comb out and put in new foundation.


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    I should say, it also depends on what you intend to do with it. I wouldn't make cut comb out of it.

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    I am hoping to harvest some honey from it. There are no webs of any kind, but the stuff is clearly white. I appreciate your advice.

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    Old comb gets a little powdery and flaky, but this is not mold. Just old wax. Either way the bees will clean it up and they won't use it if it isn't clean.

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