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  1. #1
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    Default How Clean do Drawn out combs need to be

    How clean do drawn out deep frame combs need to be. I have some that have some mold on them but are otherwise clean. Will the bees clean these up themselves or will the moldy smell cause the bees not tom use them.
    I don't want to use bleach to clean them but maybe I could??
    Obviously prefer to use drawn combs vs undrawn but presumably there comes a point where the undrawn are preferable.

    Any opinions appreciated

    regards Mark

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    Default Re: How Clean do Drawn out combs need to be

    In the spring they will clean up some pretty nasty comb. Especially a nice big swarm. I've hived swarms on comb that I was already planning to cull, and they fixed it up like new.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: How Clean do Drawn out combs need to be

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    In the spring they will clean up some pretty nasty comb.
    Like David said they'll clean it up. Comb is pretty valuable, especially in early spring, gives nucs/splits/packages a boost on brood which leads to bigger generally leads to a bigger population to exploit the main flow.

    I would Rinse the comb with water, dry and store. If you have problems with moths, freeze it and consider using moth crystals or bt

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    Default Re: How Clean do Drawn out combs need to be

    They will clean mold just fine. The trick is to keep the comb away from wax moths until they are ready for it.

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