Thanks to a malfunctioning sump pump I have a super problem that is not covered in any of the bee books out there. I have been on an extended business trip for most of the past six weeks. While I was out of town we had several substiantial rains that resulted in several feet of water in my basement. Normally this is not a problem because my sump pump has always kept the water level under control. Of course it decides to break while I am out of town....
I am sure you know where this is going. Many of my supers with drawn comb spent a good deal of time under water. After the water had gone down many of the supers were then stuck with water in them because I had them sealed up to prevent wax moth damage. No way for them to air out.
I took some time offfrom work this afternoon to prepare to super my hives on the 1st. That was when I discovered what had happened while I was gone. When I went into the basement to air them out for a few days before putting them on my hives many of them had a rank, mildew like smell. It was even worse in the extra brood chambers I had that has a little pollen left in the cells. Yuck.
I took all of the frames out and rinsed them with fresh clean water from my garden hose. I then set all of them out on my back deck to dry out in the sun for a few days.
Do you think the smell will go away once they have dried out?
I know about the antibacterial properties of honey and propolis so I am confident the bees may be able to clean up what the water and sun does not?
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts!