If the bees have given up I don't know if they can be saved. It sounds like, at this point all you can do is keep washing out the cone. I don't have it with me, but I read in last months ABJ about using different house hold products to wash out the infected cone to remove SHB eggs and larva. It will be tomarrow befor I'll have a chance to get back to the house.
Is the soil sandy around your hives? I'm in Ga. and I try to keep my hives on top of good old red clay. Another thing, I don't try to keep the fire ants away from my hives ether. I'll be glad to give up a qt. of honey to the ants if they help keep the SHB under control.
If someone doesn't post what was said in the ABJ I'll do it tomarrow.
Billy Bob: appreciate your response to my SHB problem; broke down the hive this morning - washed out all frames that looked to contain SHB. Had a response that suggested reducing the hive to a neuc and let them begin again. They were so disturbed this morning that I could not find the queen. Roy
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