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  1. #1
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    Default sanitizing boxes with bleach

    I lost three hives ( mites I think and not enough bees to support the hive) and have frozen all of the frames. I have scraped off the wax and cleaned up the boxes some but before I start all over I want to spray the inside of the boxes with a bleach solution 9:1, and air dry. I did not see anything in the threads as to whether this was good, bad or just a waste of time. Any thoughts to share?

    Ma-Honey

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    Default Re: samitizing boxes with bleach

    I don't believe bleach is proven to cure anything that you need to worry about. Dead mites and their virus's are not there. No reason to do this that I k now of

  3. #3
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    Default Re: samitizing boxes with bleach

    It will kill the spores that are present to some extent in all hives - It may give a little head-start for the bees but I dont know how it would do any harm.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: samitizing boxes with bleach

    air dry and if you can place them where they can get some sun. The UV help break down a world of bad stuff.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: samitizing boxes with bleach

    as long as you dont have any known diesases add new bees thay have survived for millions of years doing it there way

  6. #6
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    Default Re: samitizing boxes with bleach

    You will kill any nosema spores with the spray. You don't need to make it quite that strong to be effective. 20:1 is good. Personally I would also mist the frames.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: sanitizing boxes with bleach

    If you lost the hives to mites you probably won't be accomplishing much by bleaching the boxes. I suppose it won't hurt but I wouldn't do it myself.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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