Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Delta, British Colombia, Canada
    Posts
    44
    I have a question about my supers and if they are still good to use. I extracted last year and had no time to get the bees to clean the super of the excess honey due to the time of year. So I had to find somewhere to place them with out getting everything sticky. So I came up with the idea of putting them in plastic bags to seal them from the air and moths and not getting everything sticky. What I did not think of and now am concerned about is what if anything did the plastic do . I used new plastic garbage bags they did not come in contact with the frames. I opened them up and they seemed fine. I want to make sure because I would hate to poison my bees or the people with bad honey. If I have made a mistake well I will just have to start over again. If I could get some help on this question I would be very thankful.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Round Top, New York - Northern Catskill Mtns.
    Posts
    1,895

    Post

    No, I don't think that you made a mistake or will have any problem with your supers.
    If you are worried about them picking up any taste from the bags, just place the supers out early spring and let the bees clean them.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
    Posts
    5,159

    Post

    The most likely thing to happen is that they MIGHT get moldy. We have heard that reported here before, usually in the spring. If you lived down here I would suggest that you set them out so the bees can work them on nice days.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
    www.myspace.com/dukewilliam

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
    Posts
    45,379

    Post

    I wouldn't worry about it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Macon, GA USA
    Posts
    942

    Post

    The first year I kept bees I tried the same thing with drawn brood combs not realizing that it didn't do any good to keep moths out when their eggs were already in the comb. Needless to say when I opened the bags a few months later there was nothing left but wood, wire, and a pile of webbing. Had I frozen them first, it probably would have worked ok.

    Moths apparently have no interest in comb from supers if they've never had brood in them.

    I agree with the others, the plastic bags themselves are harmless.

  6. #6

    Post

    Hi there. I don't think that there would be any harm. Alot of the larger producers put there supers away wet. Its like a boost for the bees when you throw on the honey supers. Also I don't think that the bag would hurt anything.
    Columbia City, Indiana

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
    Posts
    45,379

    Post

    I've had WAY more problems with moths with wet supers than dry ones. I won't put them away wet again.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Delta, British Colombia, Canada
    Posts
    44

    Post

    thank you for all the responses i will put the supers out for the bees to clean.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads