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Hello all,

With the harsh winter we had this year we lost our hive :( Now I have cleaned out the dead bees and taken some of the honey, was planning on leaving the remainder for the new nuc that will replace the old hive. With the weather finally starting to warm up I have noticed that there seems to be ALOT of bees going in and out of the dead hive. Is this a sign that there is another colony robbing the honey or maybe thinking about taking up residence? Any info/advice on this would be appreciated

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If you have left honey in frames in the dead hive, there is a good chance that robbing is going on. If you want to preserve the frames for your new bees, one option is to freeze them.

Freezing will ensure any pests that have moved into the frames will be dead when your new bees arrive. If you can't keep them all in the freezer, then you can rotate them thru the freezer and then keep the thawed frames somewhere secure from critters.
 
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