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Hi guys, I bought a bunch of used hives, how clean do they have to be to use them? I was going to scrape them off wipe them down and give the outside fresh paint is that good enough?
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Brian
ps if some of the pieces have ants are the garbage?
 

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I was advised by the beeks at Virginia Tech that unless you are positively, absolutely 100% sure these hives have never been exposed the various nasty bee diseases, you should take a small propane torch & lightly roast the inside wood. Don't forget the inside corners.
 
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