About a month ago my hives had a multiple night encounter with our local black bear. I was able to salvage one hive with virtually no damage and currently they are doing very well. The weaker of the two I had put back together with little hope due to the lack of honey, bees, etc. Checked both of the hives today and the weaker hive had died.
My question is what do I do with the frames now? All have plastic foundation, some have small patches of capped honey, others are just a smushed brown mess that actually smell a bit. Do I leave them for bees next year? Scrape everything off and re-dip the plastic foundation in wax for the spring? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.