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  1. #1
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    Default Best way to cleanup honey supers after extraction?

    I have read/heard that if you stack honey supers above inner cover after extraction that the bees will clean & move below inner cover. any comments?

    I don't want to put 60+ honey supers out in the air for vermon wasps & hornets to benefit from. last year was a nightmare of dead bees from fighting over stacks of supers.
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    Default Re: Best way to cleanup honey supers after extraction?

    Putting them back in the hive above the inner cover worked for me. It did seem to me they were slower to clean frames in the top of the hive than those out in the beeyard. But with no nectar flow now and AFB nearby, I cannot take the chance, stacking them out for a free-for-all.

    If you just have a few hives you can also make a bee proof screen cover (1/8" screen) large enough to contain the hive and the frames stacked outside it, then let the bees clean safely inside the screened enclosure.

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    Default Re: Best way to cleanup honey supers after extraction?

    Sure it works. Keeps the moths at bay while it is still warm.

    I freeze my extracted supers for a few days and them seal them in plastic bags and store in my shed stacked up with a excluder on top and on bottom of the stack to keep out the mice........they will chew through the bags now and then.
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

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    Default Re: Best way to cleanup honey supers after extraction?

    We don't clean ours, we store them wet.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Best way to cleanup honey supers after extraction?

    Dan, mine often have some nectar left uncapped, won't it ferment?

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    Default Re: Best way to cleanup honey supers after extraction?

    I assume its possible but we haven't had that problem. We store them with the top & bottom ventilated & the honey left on them is usually very thick when we go to reuse them.
    Dan

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