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    Default Used hives

    If you was going to buy some used hives, how would you treat them to make sure there are no beetles or mites before putting the nucs in them.

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    Default Re: Used hives

    If by "used hives" you mean hives with no bees, its very unlikely that varroa mites will be present in used equipment if there are no bees. SHB are big enough for you to easily see if they are present when you inspect the combs. If there are no combs, there is no reason for beetles to stay.

    If there are bees in the used equipment, why are you adding nucs?
    Graham
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    Default Re: Used hives

    No bees in them and they have been empty for a couple of years.

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    Default Re: Used hives

    >If you was going to buy some used hives, how would you treat them to make sure there are no beetles or mites before putting the nucs in them

    If there are no bees in them and the combs are dry, then there are no beetles or mites in them.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Used hives

    That was what I was thinking but I'm new to the bee keeping. I wanted to be sure.

    Thanks all!

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    Default Re: Used hives

    I'd still be worried about microbial diseases like AFB or EFB being present, how well do you know the history of the equipment?

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    Default Re: Used hives

    Not at all. That said I just purchased two new hives this afternoon. I'll build as I go.

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