I inspected my hive this morning and found all the bees dead. Not sure why, possibly after
hurricane sandy. First year beek here....so trying to figure what to do next. I've got some questions:
1) I had put Apstistan strips in the hive in September (had mites).... There are some full frames of
honey in the hive... I'd not eat this honey due to the apistan strips....but is it worth saving for something??
2) All the frames are built out, and wondering if I should just remove and toss the foundations (with built out areas)
as there might be some sort of disease on them.... and just reuse the frames next season?... or can I reuse the frames
and keep the existing built out foundation?
3) I was going to wash all the hive bodies with soap and warm water, prior to putting them away for storage....
does this seem like a good idea?
4) I noticed some of the individual combs had a white chalky surface to them... not sure if this is some sort of mold
because they were just out there in the moist environment.... or is this some sort of chalk brood.... sorry i don't have a pix.
One thing I'll mention... when I took apart the hive there were a minimal numbers of bees dead on the various frames.... and
a pile of, maybe 200 bees, on the bottom screen. During the beginning of fall, the hive seemed pretty strong with, i'd assume,
many thousands of bees..... so where'd they all go?
Thanks for the help.