We had a hive split this spring and the new colony a) turned out very VERY aggressive, and b) initiated a swarm after only three months – they were honeybound (the honey cap in the bottom brood box can stop the bees from going to the upper boxes and make them think they need to swarm). Because they were so aggressive when I tried to move some brood to a new box to attract the swarm back, I had to destroy the colony with soapy water – I live in a suburban area and am not actually supposed to keep bees here, but my neighbors have been very gracious and I don’t want to inflict aggressive bees on them. Since they were swarming, there was no time to requeen. I didn’t think this would happen within a season, but it happened to others in my area as well. Bad beekeeper! Should have been paying closer attention.
My question is whether, after the soapy wash to kill the colony, can I just rinse out the flow hives and reuse them or are they ruined?