Prepping hives for new batch of bees

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by camero7, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    I don't scrape the old comb. I used to spray with a bleach solution and that worked pretty well. I have now started spraying with acetic acid since it kills and repels wax moths and might be effective against nosema. I spray the top bars with glacial acetic acid and stack them for a while. Seems to work pretty well. Just air the combs out for a couple days before putting them in a hive.
     
  2. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    In the UK the National Bee Unit on their Beebase web-site has a lot of info about bee diseases and how to clean and sterilize equipment.

    This forum has threads about bait hives and swarm traps which give details of how to set up to maximize chances of attracting a swarm.