One picture would have been more than enough to show that it didn't work.Here is an update, folks.
After month on My Little Comb Experiment, here are the results so far. I wanted something natural that will not further contaminate the
I put a brood frame that is fairly brown/dark inside a foam cooler and poured
about 2 bottles of the 32oz H2O2 hydrogen peroxide and 50% water onto the comb.
After the first week of oxidization the water turned brownish. I did not notice any
significant change in the comb color on the inside because of the cocoon/casting. On the outer
edge of the cells on top it appeared to bee a bit clean/whitish. Then I waited another week to do a
second time experiment with the same comb frame.
This time I shook all the water out of the comb and put the loose cocoon frame into the hive to be clean out. More than
80% of the cocoon got clean up. Then I put the same frame into the cooler and gave it 2 more full strength bottles of H2O2 for
another week. Again the water turn brownish. And more loose cocoon came out of the comb. They swollen up after soaking in
the water. But the comb did not change shape and appear to be a bit clean/white from the oxidization.
Interesting notes: The comb did not get damage or out of shape at all. This is an endothermic reaction where the H2O2 solution is cold to the touch. That means the heat is being absorbed by the comb. I did not measure the solution temperature but feels like 20-30F degree colder than the surrounding air temp. The cooler is in tact though.
The cocoon loosen up after 24 hours and can be remove with a small tweezers though I did not do that. Figured that the bees can do it better. Thanks to the
After the 2nd trial was done I rinsed out the comb in clean running tap water and shook it dry. And soak up the remaining water with a paper towel.
Finally to put the comb inside a hive to be clean up by the bees of the remaining cocoons. They did a good job at cleaning up the cells while
still a bit wet. So how much do you think this comb got whiten up? What can I do to improve on this whitening experiment the next time? What the
bees will do to this comb inside the hive after a week now?
Here are the comb and cocoon pics: