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  1. #1
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    Default How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    tia

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    Default Re: How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    That we know of they are viable at least for 75 years. Probably forever.
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    Default Re: How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    "In the spore form, the bacteria can survive for more than 40 years in honey and beekeeping equipment."

    Check this out this link on Irradiation

    http://montcobee1.farming.officelive...radiation.aspx

    Jeff

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    Default Re: How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    Thats a lot of money to invest to clean up potentially infected equipment. Seems like you could burn it and replace it for less, but I didn't bother to do the math. In the mid 80's, the State of Virginia would park their tank on our property and fumigate everything we asked them to and we ran a lot of colonies back then. Charge: $0.00

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    Default Re: How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    I was just putting the info on cleaning up equipment out there.

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    Default Re: How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    I have read that boiling them in a 10% lye solution will clean the equipment. I was warned that lye was very dangerous, though.

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    Default Re: How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    As far as I know, there are 3 ways to clean your equipments from AFB, heat, lye or radiation.

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    Default Re: How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    Quote Originally Posted by TomOB View Post
    How long AFB spores in a deserted bee yard?

    tia
    Was there AFB there to begin with?
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



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