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I am thinking about building some hives, locally there is a lot of beetle kill lumber available reasonably priced. The wood stained blue from a fungus that is carried by the beetles that kill the trees. I have researched it some but not found any information on what the actual fungus is or if it is harmful to bees. anyone building hives from this lumber?


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I have used some that had the fungus from laying on the ground, absorbing moisture. I use it as long as it is not spongy.

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I think I have some frames with blue stained lumber.

I do not think it will affect the bees. I suspect that the mold in the wood would also have hurt the pine beetles if it was toxic to insects.
 

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If the lumber is properly dried, the fungus that created the staining is likely dead or dormant. I doubt there is any danger to the bees.
 
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