I just started keeping bees this spring. I have been reading a lot, joined my local bee club, and have been perusing this site quite a bit. But there is nothing like experience. I have one hive of Italian bees that seem to be doing really well. I am using 8 frame medium boxes for everything and I just added the 4th box last week. Sometimes I think I might be reading too much, because somewhere I got it into my head that I should be somewhat hands off with the bees. For the first few weeks I had them I was doing a frame by frame inspection, but then I read somewhere on here that you don't need to and probably should not look at every frame. So for the last 3 weeks or so all I have been doing is looking in each box from the top. Well the burr/cross comb has really started to pile up. When I went to my bee club meeting this week, the topic of cross comb came up and it became clear to me that I need to be diligent about clearing it. Tomorrow is inspection day so I am wondering if anyone would be willing to give me tips or advice about the best way to remove the excess comb. Should I try to remove all of it in one shot? That is to say, go through each of the 4 boxes one frame at a time? I have tried to be really careful about bee space between frames, is there any other reason the bees build cross comb? To stabilize the comb? Appreciate the help.