I just got my TBH cleaned out. I've been too busy lately and hadn't checked on my hive in a while. Two weeks ago (about six weeks after robbing over 5 quarts of honey) I looked at it and my bees had left. I slid my window cover back and saw major cone failure. A week ago my neighbor came over and wanted to show me something. My bees had taken up on a dogwood tree on his property and were drawing comb. So today I finally got some free time to open up the hive to clean it out and try to get the swarm in it. I had to suit up because hornets, yellow-jackets and giant wasps were on it getting the honey as it wept out. I had no idea of the mess I was getting into. I guess I lost a gallon of food grade honey besides what was in the brood area. And larvae everywhere in the comb. I think they were small hive beetle because there were many adults also. I got about two five gal. buckets of comb out. The ones that failed were the oldest very dark near the entrance. That dammed up the hive and it was 2&1/2 inches deep in honey from there on back. I took all of the comb out and burned it. And I washed the hive out with plain hot water.
I'm thinking I need to treat the ground to kill the beetles that are obviously developing. What should I use? Is there something that is environmentally friendly? Any other precautions I should take before putting the bees back in? I figured I'll take the comb they've drawn in the tree and put it in the hive after I get some new topbars on it.
Should I do any more cleaning on the hive box? It was pretty nasty. If so with what?
2Peter 3:9 The Lord is...not willing that any should perish... <br />John 3:16