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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Atlanta, GA USA

    Default can I use moldy frames for a swarm?

    I am hoping to catch a couple of swarms this season to expand my hives.

    I have 10 deep drawn frames of a hive that died last summer because of mites. There were SHB, wax moth etc on the frames, which I froze for a week, and then stored in a plastic container. Unfortunately, the frames were still wet (had some honey in them, and slime from SHB) and been in a plastic container they seriously molded. I have aired them now, but there is still mold on them.

    The question is this:

    1. Can I dip them in some bleach water to kill the mold (if do how much
    bleach/water for how long?)

    2. Can I use these frames to put a swarm in, or will the bees abscond?

    I have seen bees from a strong hive clean frames like that before, but will a new swarm clean them? Or will they decide to leave instead?

    Thanks a lot,


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Collierville, TN

    Default Re: can I use moldy frames for a swarm?

    The bees will clean up the mold. For the slime rinse off what you can with a water hose..they will clean it up quickly. Do not dip it in bleach.


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