One of my hives has now been claimed by nosema. All bees are dead. Streaking on the outside of the hive. Inside is messy but not totally disgusting - although I wouldn't uncap the unused honey and extract it.
I have heard conflicting reports (as usual - after all this IS beekeeping) on what to do before using the hive again.
I read the article in Bee Culture (Jan. 2009, Pg. 55) on using a 10% bleach solution instead of acetic acid in sterilizing the hive parts.
Another person recommends a 60% solution of acetic acid.
A third person recommends doing NOTHING and just dump a new package, split, or nuc into the hive.
One question is basically, what would you do? Treat with bleach, acetic acid, or nothing.
If you would treat with the bleach solution as per the article, would you treat everything... hive bodies, frames with comb & honey, pollen, etc? Or would you uncap the honey and drain it then treat the empty comb? OR would you scrape the frames down to nothing (they're Pierco plastic) and then sterilize?
Has anyone actually left their hives alone and allowed the new bees to clean up the hive? How 'dirty' was your hive? Were your bees successful?
I'm looking for recommendations since I haven't found many online. Any help would be appreciated.