I have the opportunity to aquire some used equipment, would 2-3 coats of a good paint seal in possible diseases?
Or how about just leaving it out in the weather (hot and cold)? Or spraying with something, etc etc. I would want complete sterility.
I've always just burned them out- carefully. At first I used a propane torch but recently I've done the chimney fire technique.. stack the boxes up in the driveway, prop one side up on a stick for draft, start a fire (kerosene, newspaper, etc.,) and be prepared to put it out FAST. You can get a lot of char going in a real hurry... it's a good idea to practice on some boxes you were planning to burn anyways
I know there are other sterilization techniques people use, but I'm not familiar with them. Painting the insides of the hives isn't generally recommended.
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