Bleach for european foulbrood?

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  1. beebuzzed

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    An old time beekeeper has told me for european foulbrood to feed them some water with a little bit of bleach added to it. He said it will clear it right up. Has anyone ever heard of this?
     
  2. Ray

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    I haven't heard of the practice. I avoid placing disinfectants in my hives.
    Pro & Con
    1st: Major Municipalities chlorinate their drinking water, but they hire chemists to avoid poisoning people.
    2nd: Honeybees have been known to raid swimming pools for water.The water in swimming pools is usually chlorinated.
     

  3. beebuzzed

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    To me it doesn't make sense because it's a bacteria in their food storage which is fed to the brood. The adult bees aren't affected by the disease from what i understand, so even if it would "cleanse" the adults system of the bacteria it is not cleansing where the bacteria is having the impact. Maybe I'm missing something.
     
  4. Gypsi

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    harvest your honey and melt your comb, feed sugar water and use the antibiotics. If you have multiple hives you must avoid robbing or that honey with bacteria will make them all sick. I lost 3 out of 5 in 2012 before I did the practices I named.
     
  5. beebuzzed

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    Thank you for the advice.