Hey everyone! Looks like I have the opportunity from 2 different sources to possibly purchase some used hive boxes in the next few days. One is at an auction, and another is through Craigslist.
1) - I have not seen any of the boxes, so ultimately if they look like they are in rough shape I will not be buying them. But if they look half way decent, the price seems alright.
2) - I know you run a risk of getting contaminated boxes when they are purchased used. I just sent an email to the Craigslist ad to see if I could get some info on them. How old, any chemical treatments, any disease problems with the previous occupants, and why they are selling? The auction is "sold as is" so no way of knowing.
3) - So what is worse - boxes that were exposed to unknown chemical treatments, or possible bee diseases?
4) - If "yes", to either scenarios in question 3, are there any good ways of "cleaning" up old boxes? I talked with Wildforager on the phone last night, and he has used vodka soaked socks to kill possible wax moth/larvae in boxes that were infected ( Hey WF - could you tell us all what exactly you did!) Any other thoughts on decontaminating/sanitizing boxes?
The price is right on at least some of these, and I really would like to get some extra boxes before next spring. I plan on adding a few more hives, and I also want to be ready to catch swarms and possible bee removals. I have also been planning on making new boxes, but have a lot of home repair/remodeling projects this winter, so if this could save me a bit of time that would be great. Looking forward to what ya' all have to say!!