Mouse cleanup question
After some bitter -30 to -40 windchill days, its a nice 50 degrees outside. I decided to enjoy the warmth and check on my 2 hives. One was busy cleaning house/orienting and looks to have a strong population. The other was deadly quiet. Got closer and noticed a mouse run out of it. After figuring out what I did wrong in the fall, and that I was positive the bees were gone, I opened up the hive and discovered a mouse nest, chewed up comb, etc.
I've cleaned out all of the nest and thrown out the chewed up comb. Cleaned up as much of the mess in the bottom (solid bottom board) as I could for now. And stuck a cork in the opening to close it up. I'm hoping they won't gnaw through that to get back in.
Now the question... come spring time, how do I properly clean this hive so that its safe to eat honey from again? Will just some soapy water do the trick? Do I need to use a little bleach, and let it sit to air out? Or am I over thinking this? My hope is to split the current hive into it come spring.
Running 2 TBHs. Started my beekeeping adventure May 2014.