My first year keeping bees with one hive. SHB got to our hive and we have had a very difficult time with them. I think we added too many honey supers for the bees and allowed our hive to get too large this spring while the colony was still relatively small. SHB got to the stage of laying larvae and we pulled several frames out and stuck them in the freezer. We are down to one super now and may even try going down to a nuc with fresh comb in it to allow the colony to survive. It is very difficult to tell if a frame has been compromised since the SHB larvae are so small that I cannot see them inside a honey frame until I remove wax caps and look very closely.
The SHB attack has left our colony rather small, which has opened the doors for other pests. Recently discovered wax moth damage (not extensive).
My main question though is what to do with all these frames that I've stuck in the freezer? Probably have 20 frames that have some damage. Some have honey but most have pollen. The honey frames I can extract usable honey from, I think, and they should be good to go again. Some of the frames with pollen in them, I'm not sure how to clean or if they need to be cleaned? If there is dead larvae in it, will bees clean it out?
I probably will not try to use these frames this year, but next year since my bees are not in a position to expand right now (our flow is finished here in North Carolina). How can I store my frames until the Spring? Keeping them in a freezer for 9 months is not an option. Any thoughts/advice/experience you have... I would really appreciate.
Thanks in advance!