Capped honey from ruined SHB hive

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by omnimirage, May 5, 2016.

  1. omnimirage

    omnimirage New Member

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    Awhile ago one of my hives was entirely decimated by Small Hive Beetle. I went through the hive, extracting all the clean looking *sealed* comb, and discarded everything else. Some maggots got in the bucket, I didn't realise SHB had killed them at the time.

    Now I've got this bucket with a good 15-20 kilos of honey in it, and I'm unsure what to do. I read that the honey extracted from such hives isn't any good due to fementing. Does this mean I need to discard the honey? If so, how would I actually discard it? Can I somehow assess the honey to see whether it's actually spoiled or not? I was careful to only get the clean parts. If it is "spoiled", can I use it for mead?

    I'm also super duper concerned about bringing SHB to my home where I extract. SHB has been spreading from the east, and the hive that was infested is a good 110 kilometers away from my home: from what I've gathered, SHB hasn't hit the suburbs yet (where I live), and I'd hate to change that. Do I need to be careful when opening these buckets? Are there any precautions I should take? I'm not sure if those maggots will simply die in their with enough time.