I'll give it a try. . . It looks like the wax moths took over. We had a similar situation with a hive we inherited with wax moth and mouse damage. Clean out all the webbing from the foundation/comb--I'm told the bees can clean out the rest, but they can't get rid of the webbing. If it's plastic foundation, you can scrape off most of the comb to get down to the "clean" areas. If it's wax foundation, that makes it a little trickier. I used my hive tool to scrape out all the leftover cocoons. I also scraped off all the built up propolis and tried to get as close to clean wood as possible. If the frames are sound and have enough wood you can re-use them. You may have to add new foundation, depending on if you can save any existing foundation or not.
Of course, this is all assuming the hive wasn't killed by foulbrood. If there are any signs of foulbrood in the comb, you'll have to burn that and start over. You can scorch the woodenware with a torch, which disinfects it (kills the afb spores), but you'll need to start with new foundation.
Hope this helps,
From what I can see everything looks ok. The chewed area on the wood is unsightly but doesn't affect the performance of the equiptment. You need to learn how to see "scale" in brood comb left by American Foul Brood. AFB is the only thing you will pickup from used comb other than chemical contamination.
Frames are cheap, so I would not worry if you have to dump them. You can also send samples in to get tested at:
I've used worse
Wish I could come up on a sale like that!
They look ok, I'd clean them up and sanitize them as much as possible. I do not reuse frames or comb. I sanitize boxes by getting a $10 charcoal starter at Wally world set it up in your back yard in the grass or on a paver. Put in charcoal, light it and let it get white hot, then stack the supers or boxes with the charcoal starter in the middle. Stack them up to head height and put a piece of plywood over the top to keep the heat in. The temp will get up to 500 degrees or so, let it set until the charcoal burns out and it cools off. I left mine overnight. Temperatures of 500 for an extended period of time will kill about everything that could possibly be in the boxes.
Ditto on the frames & comb......buy new. As to the boxes... great idea....even if they catch fire I certainly would never have thought about doing that......thanks!
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