My third attempt at beekeeping. The problem is that last year, I could not take delivery of new packages because of a broken ankle in April and was literally laid up until Aug.
By then many bees, wasps etc going into and out of the hives. Robbers only,no one setting up new homes.
My 3 new packages for pickup in the AM, so out of work early to try and prepare. We still had measurable snow last night.
The frames are a mess. Some contain what looks like tracks of some insect critter through the wax combs. Others have large rice shaped cocoons, all over. I do not see any sign of life and they appear dry. But the webs remain sticky as if new. I'm guessing some sort of wax eating critter. At one point I did place par-moth in the hives, but that was long before my medical issues.
What do I do for tomorrow, before new my bees? Do I have to replace all the frames, scrape them clean, or will the girls make a clean house?
I'm also concerned about the new girls freezing in their new homes. It's supposed to be in the 50s-60 the next few days in NEPA, and I can't knit that many long johns. What to do?