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  1. #1
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    Question Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    This is my 2nd winter, and I bought a used TBH off of craigslist.

    Green mold on old comb from a deadout, I think it had been in a barn. Here's the photo:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/morgan_...stream/player/

    Decisions, decisions...

    1. It must be pennicillin, do nothing.
    2. Scorch all surface areas.
    3. Use a bleaching solution.
    4. Clean with Essential Oils instead.
    Last edited by wryland; 02-17-2014 at 03:06 PM.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    Scrape it good and a light char.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    Yeah, what he said.
    Give it a good scrape out and then scorch the inside. A very light brown not black

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    Scrape it off if you want and use it. The bees will clean that up in a day or less.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    Scrape it off if you want and use it. The bees will clean that up in a day or less.
    Ditto, I don't see any point to scorch it unless you are worried about AFB. And if you are worried about that just burn the whole thing.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    Okay - I'll just give it a good scrape-down before putting it into service. Thanks to you all.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    If the green mold is only on some top bars, I'd pitch them. They are easy enough to build or buy from beeline apiaries.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    that is what i was thinking.. take a 1x whatever and rip 1 1/4 bars out of it.. slice a shallow groove down the middle and glue in popsicle sticks.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    I can see the logic in what ruthiesbees is recommending; however, in addition to the top bars shown in the link below there are a few other visible areas with green mold inside the box (not pictured).

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/morgan_...171773/player/

    The mold spores are certainly everywhere in the box now, but what's the risk of that? Molds are everywhere! Aren't the bees naturally conditioned to handle this sort of situation?

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    Default Re: Bought a Used TBH - Cleanup Options?

    I would set the body out in the sun for a couple of days and definitely make new top bars. they are to easy to make to take the risk of introducing something bad into the hive.

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