This hive died over the past winter of starvation. I see no signs of foul-brood so I am going to use the hives this year. However, I have a few frames of this black tar-like substance which I believe is pollen that has gone bad. My question is, do you think I should leave the mess for the bees to clean up, or should I scrape these nasty frames down to foundation to give them a fresh start? If all goes as planned, I will be using this hive for a swarm removal or trap-out.
Well, my plan was to post a couple of images here, but I can't seem to make the attachments work no matter which browser I use. I guess I'll hit up a moderator. Either way, hopefully someone can answer my question.