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    Default Nosema or not?

    I lost four hives out of nine this winter. Three were CCD, but one was full of dead bees and there still were frames of honey in the hive. On the frame top bars of the top brood box, I just brown spots that look like someone had drop small (1/4 inch dia.) droplets of chocolate syrup. Does that sound like Nosema? If is does, will freezing those frames kill it so I can reuse them this spring or must they be destroyed?

    Thanks, Jim

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    Default Re: Nosema or not?

    I think nosema is black spots in the hive. A few brown spots is not nosema.

    Send your bee for testing to be sure, it's free. search "free testing"

    Beach water spray, sunlight and refrigeration are different ways to kill nosema spores.

    What were your mite counts? Did you treat your hives for mites?

    How do you know the other three were CCD?

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    Default Re: Nosema or not?

    Beach water is a new one on me!

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    Default Re: Nosema or not?

    lol
    Bleach water

    lol now eveyone is heading to the beach to stock up on water.

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