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  1. #1
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    Feb 2008
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    Atlanta, GA USA
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    Default does frrezing kill mites?

    I have a super and a deep of a dead hive with a little honey; I suspect the hive dead because of mites. If I freeze the frames it kill the mites on the frames? Do mites live in frames with no bees around?
    Thanks a lot,
    Stavros

  2. #2
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    McLennan,Tx,USA
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    Yes freezing for 24 hours will kill the mites, as for surviving in comb with no bees, I really do not know.

  3. #3
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    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
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    Mites don't live very long at all w/out bees to live on. I wouldn't bother freezing combs to kill mites, not combs from a deadout anyway.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



  4. #4
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    If the bees are dead, the mites are dead.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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