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Hi....

I am a new backyard beekeeper and caught my first swarm this spring with some help from knowledgeable friends. They were doing so well, I had even added a third supper. A few days ago I went out to find most of them dead or dying. After some research and talking with friends I am pretty sure they got into some pesticides. I called the city to see if they had done any spraying recently and they said no, so I am guessing it was a neighbor. So sad! Now I must figure out what to do with everything. There are still a few bees coming and going but I'm not even sure if they are mine or from another hive taking the honey and there is a lot of honey. I took off the top supper which was half full of honey and am now wondering if the honey if okay to harvest. How do i clean out all the dead bees from the bottom two suppers and check to see if the queen is still alive? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Jessi
 
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