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I have read on here that when you put wet honey supers back on the hive for the bees to clean them up you should put them above the inner cover.why is that? Why can't you put them back in their normal position under the inner cover what's the benefit or risks?
 

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The main reason to put over inner cover is to get the bees to clean out super and move remaining honey back down into hive. That's if you want a clean super that you will later remove and store for the following year. If you choose to put super in hive directly the bees will move the remaining honey around and begin filling the comb again especially of there is a flow. Your choice depending on your needs. Good luck!
 

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The wet supers do not need cleaned up they are not dirty. I know of no commercial beekeeper who does anything but store the wet supers in a bug proof space and leave the valuable residual honey on the combs where the bees will the next season instantly go in to the added super to collect and use to repair any extracting damage or even consolidate into some cells of honey. You can accomplish the same by immediately putting the extracted supers in heavy black trash bags and sealing. If worried about beetles or wax moth, spray them with aiazawa strain BT to kill any larvae that happen to make it there. If you need extra work go weed the garden.
 
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