The other day I visited our hives here in Kentucky and started to rake the snow from the landing boards. Of course, the morticians had done their job and so I raked all the dead bees out from under the boxes as well. They were quite damp and not very appetizing to look at but that is Mother Natures thing. Then came the thought to me: I was using the same stick from hive to hive, could I be transferring disease from hive to hive? From now on I will use a different stick for each hive or I will bring a thin steel rod and an alcohol soaked rag.
Just a thought, what do you guys think? Y'all have very happy and healthy holidays!