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I'm in the process of removing the frames from my dead hive and putting them in the freezer for a few days to kill wax moth eggs, etc. Do I have to keep the frames of honey in the freezer until I am ready to use them w/new bees, or can I place them back into the deep/medium boxes and store in trash bags at room temp until I need them? Wasn't sure how the honey would do after being allowed to thaw.
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an Indiana Dave snip..
Do I have to keep the frames of honey in the freezer until I am ready to use them w/new bees, or can I place them back into the deep/medium boxes and store in trash bags at room temp until I need them?

tecumseh:
if you expect to use them fairly quickly then either choice should work fine. generally the idea behind freezing is to eliminate wax moth (generally the egg stage).
 

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Man, you guys are on it!!!
I put them in there to kill wax moth eggs primarily. Had moths in my maple sap buckets a coupla weeks ago when we were making syrup, so I figured I probably oughta. I don't anticipate using the frames of honey until late April or early May so it sounds like I might as well leave them in the freezer until then. I guess I can remove the drawn out frames with NO honey to make room for frames with honey.
You guys are great!
 

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Just keep in mind that any empty comb that has had brood in it will be quickly attacked by moths if they can get to it.
 

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Since we had below freezing temps for much of our winter here in Indiana, the need to put frames in the freezer is neglible. Also, wax moths aren't typically a problem in early spring. I leave my deadouts outside and don't do anything other than some general clean up. They will be fine until you put new bees in them in a month or two.
 

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indypartridge said:
Since we had below freezing temps for much of our winter here in Indiana, the need to put frames in the freezer is neglible. Also, wax moths aren't typically a problem in early spring. I leave my deadouts outside and don't do anything other than some general clean up. They will be fine until you put new bees in them in a month or two.
Another northern (politically correct :D ) advantage. I have moths year round, thus, I always think of protecting against them.
 
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