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  1. #1
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    Default Just checked my hives- lost another one

    I guess I just need a shoulder to cry on. I lost one hive going into winter and see I've lost another. A third hive doesn't look very strong-- so I'm down to one strong hive. I like to keep 5!!

    One question- I've stacked the hive boxes and supers, with some capped honey, using the (forgot the name) crystals. In spring do I need to do anything with that honey before giving it to a hive?

    Thanks!
    Tanya

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    Default Re: Just checked my hives- lost another one

    Remove the moth crystals at once. If that stuff gets into the honey in any large amount, likely the bees will refuse to stay in the hive, and it will kill them just like it does moths if there is enough in there. You can use moth crystals for empty comb, but never on comb with contents.

    Freezing conditions will kill off any wax moth or small hive beetle larvae -- just screen them to keep out moths and bees (or put a top cover upside down under the stack and another on top) and wait till spring.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Just checked my hives- lost another one

    You dont need moth crystals in PA this time of the year.

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    Default Re: Just checked my hives- lost another one

    Thank you both for the information. Not sure why I wouldn't need moth crystals to store the supers. Maybe the wax moths aren't active now but in the spring??

    Thanks!
    Tanya

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    Default Re: Just checked my hives- lost another one

    What did the lost hives look like? Thousands of bees dead? Only a few bees left and dead? Queen in the hive dead?

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    Default Re: Just checked my hives- lost another one

    If you ever do use the crystals, you'll need to air them out for a week to 10 days before use.

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    Default Re: Just checked my hives- lost another one

    Quote Originally Posted by tefer2 View Post
    If you ever do use the crystals, you'll need to air them out for a week to 10 days before use.
    Is it necessary to use the crystals in winter? I'm a bit confused since I thought that was the way to store them over winter.
    Tanya

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    Default Re: Just checked my hives- lost another one

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    What did the lost hives look like? Thousands of bees dead? Only a few bees left and dead? Queen in the hive dead?
    Only a small cluster of dead bees and a few in other places. No queen.
    Tanya

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