The bees vacated my top bar hive in late spring. Checking the hive today I found maybe 30 dead bees on the bottom screen and some wax moth infiltration on most of the combs and they smell bad. Only two combs look completely free of silk and moth larvae. What would be the prudent thing do do for cleanup?
Do I need to completely remove all contaminated bars, or just the silk, or is there some amount of damage that new bees will cleanup/repair?
These were just wild bees I trapped and I made no effort to re-queen. The same thing happened to me once before only I happened to be present when that swarm left to join a larger one. My practice has been wait and trap some new swarm next season.
If some of the comb is salvageable, do I need to store it in some special way to prevent more wax moth from getting to it?