Its been awhile since I posted last on here, so here is my story:
About 2 1/2 years ago my now wife's grandfather decided to give me all of his bee equipment. That included two active hives and alot of extra woodenware. I took down both hives as they were mostly africanized and I did not have a place to set them up at at the time.
Fast forward to the present, my wife and I bought our first house this last week (yea, we got the mortgage despite the financial mess our nation is in) and after 2+ years of storage we put the empty hives out in the back yard until I have a change to work on them. They did have comb in them but it was all extracted.
Today, I got home from work and noticed a lot of bees in my "empty" hives, so I figured either a) some "robbing" was happening from a local hive or two or b) a feral colony moved in. So I've decided to let them sit for a few days to see if they are just cleaning them out and maybe I'll end up with some clean boxes.
Well after going out to eat for the evening and spending time with my wife I decided to go check on the bees and see if they in fact moved in or not. To my horror there are dead bees all over the place around the boxes and some injured bees that are limping around on the verge of dying.
I don't want to be the one who just killed a hive or two in the area. Any suggestions on what would have killed bees in only a few short hours? The hives have not been touched with any pesticides to my knowledge and have been stored in my garage for the past 2+ years.
Any thoughts would be welcome.