Well, I've lost 6 out of my seven hives. I had a feeling I'd lose at least two due to late splits, but not SIX! Now I'd really like everyone to weigh in on what's worked best for them. As a reminder, I'm in eastern/coastal NC. I have LOTS of drawn comb, plenty of equipment and will have at least two packages delivered by the end of March. Last check on my four strongest hives in late fall/early winter, they had plenty of food, but there were a lot of small hive beetles. All hives were completely empty except for one - which looked like a very small number of bees simply died right in their cluster. =( So sad. But I am super thankful I have one hive left. So....to snart anew.... my local beek suggested I clean up all the frames, hive, equipment, etc. freeze all frames for at least 48 hours and then put them in a black plastic bag sealed up tightly. Well, I did have problems with frames I stored in the house in white plastic bags and wax moths still got in. Right now they're still in the the freezer and I'm completely out of room to store about 50+ more. =( What are everyone's thoughts on how to start over again? 1. Full sun for the hives or part shade? (I heard full sun keeps the shb at bay more. Plus I would feel a lot more secure in their wintering in full sun.) 2. Store frames inside in plastic bags? 3. Treat the frames with anything for preventive measures? 4. Solid bottom boards? (I have a mixture of both) 5. I like running 9 frames - should I start off that way since all the frames are drawn comb? I think that's all the questions I have for now. Missed you all! Looking forward to everyone's input!