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Hi,

I negleted a brood box that had gone queenless and as the population dimished the Hive Beetle took over laying 100s of eggs which hatched to larvae (at least I think that is what happened). The comb are wet with slime, which I thought was uncurred honey. I froze them last night and put them outside today hoping sorrounding bees would clean them up but they barely touched them.

Is there any salvaging them or should I just toss them?

The frames are nice drawn comb.

Ben
 

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Wash the frames with a sprayer, garden hose or kitchen sink. Once the funk is gone and the SHB larvae are dead, put the frames back in a strong hive, the bees will take it from there.
 

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If it is plastic foundation, pop it out of the frame and pressure wash it. Clean the frames with a mild bleach solution. Re-wax the foundation and put them back in the frame. I made a frame that holds several sheets of plastic foundation and it works great for getting the foundation clean. I will be pressure washing a few dozen frames this weekend. I had 2 deadouts that had several frames packed with pollen. I sprayed with BT but SHB aren't affected by it.
 

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Wash the frames with a sprayer, garden hose or kitchen sink. Once the funk is gone and the SHB larvae are dead, put the frames back in a strong hive, the bees will take it from there.
That works for me too.
But I would also like to recommend putting the frames in a freezer for at least 24 hours before putting them back into any hive. They could have SHB eggs which could spell disaster, or even wax moth eggs because the hive has become weakened. Freezing kills everything. Just an added precaution.
Of course allow the frames to thaw out and warm back up before putting them back into the hive.
 

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BeeBen said he had already put them in the freezer, but for anyone else, yes, freeze them first. Then, rinse them clean after thawing. In almost all cases the comb can be salvaged.
 
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