Re: when and how to kill off the hive
I'm sorry you haven't gotten the response you were looking for. There is someone on beesource who shakes his bees into fall packages I believe.
Sheri!! Where are you? Sheri knows about this sort of thing, I believe. Sheri of John and Sheri. They are probably busy working their bees.
I don't know how practical it would be, but after taking all of the frames of honey away from your hives, perhaps you could put all of your hives into a closed container and gas it w/ exhaust from a car or truck. I don't know how that would effect the equipment, but it would kill the bees.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen