I am in central coastal California where the weather is fairly moderate all year long. I know from a recent observation that about 1/2 of my flow frames are pretty much ready to harvest, although you wouldn’t know that from looking at the end view. However, I am seeing some evidence of DWV and crawlers and want to treat my hive for varroa which means I need to remove honey supers (flow frames). After discussion at my bee club meeting, I was advised to harvest the Flow Frames and treat for varroa, so I plan on doing that tomorrow.
I guess I am confused about whether or not I should then remove the Flow Frames for the winter. There seems to be a good many bees still working those, so if I do, how will they vacate the Flow Frames? Do I need to just shake them off? Should I leave the frames in the hive for a day or two so the bees can clean up the harvested cells? I’m really sort of lost on this process. How should I store the Flow Frames? Just wrap in plastic or what?
Thanks for any help and advice.