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  1. #1
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    Default Can bees fix this?

    Had some frames that had a bit of wax moth/ SHB damage. If I scrape off the worst of it like this on like 2 frames, will the bees be able to repair it? Or better to buy all new sheets of foundation and let them start from scratch? There were a few beetle parts in the bottom of a few of the cells. Also still some 2 year old honey in some. Is that useable also?


    Pic coming next


    Thanks!
    Chad

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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    Or would it just be better to buy a few new sheets of foundation?



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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    Chad,

    Yes the bees will fix that comb.... if you had wax moth damage I would put the bad frames in a trash bag and put them in the freezer for 3 days to kill off any eggs left behind.

    DC

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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    Another thing is the wax moth webs. If there's any on the comb, try to get as much off as you can. They have a hard time removing thick webs. I didn't see any in the picture, but not all frames were shown.

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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    Quote Originally Posted by jadell View Post
    Another thing is the wax moth webs. If there's any on the comb, try to get as much off as you can. They have a hard time removing thick webs. I didn't see any in the picture, but not all frames were shown.
    I took a paintbrush to the webs and got "most" of them off. I will bag em and freeze em for a few days. Thanks for the reminder

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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    That looks more like mouse damage. Is the frame gnawed on?
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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    Quote Originally Posted by D Coates View Post
    That looks more like mouse damage. Is the frame gnawed on?
    There was a bit of mouse damage as well. Should still be able to use them, right?

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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    Use away sir. Obviously if you smell mouse urine rinse the frame off to make it easier to clean for the bees but they'll make the comb repairs with no trouble.
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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    I'd be surprised if the bees fix that.
    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    Quote Originally Posted by beemandan View Post
    I'd be surprised if the bees fix that.
    Good luck.
    The few times I've dealt with this it worked fine. The bees gnaw on the torn/damaged cocoons for a bit and it gets kind of fuzzy. The when any flow starts they'll then begin rebuilding allong the pattern. The only way you can tell repairs were made is the repair comb is a different color.
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    Default Re: Can bees fix this?

    I'm starting with nucs, so I'll have 5 good frames of brood and comb. I'm thinking I MAY just stop being a cheapskate and order some new Duragilt just to make sure the bees are happy. I only have 2 hives, but want things to go well for them. Why take the chance for 30 bucks, ya know?

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