I'm interested in a used Dadant 20 frame stainless extractor that is for sale. The beek lost all his bees to Foul Brood about 10 years ago. How would I clean this to make sure all the spores are gone ?
Keep in mind, there are AFB spores in 99% of the hives in the U.S. It doesn't cause a problem until the conditions are right for them to multiply into numbers large enough to cause an outbreak of symptoms. It can happen to anyone at any time. The chance of a rogue drone bringing it into your hive is greater than that extractor.
exactly right iddee on the spores in hives. I would go out on a limb and bet the 10 hives didnt die from foul brood. especially if it was a old time keep. Around here the old timers lose a hive they usually blame it on foul brood. They go off smell and they always lose them in the fall. so its a given its foul brood. but my theory is goldenrod in a hive crashing for other reasons