So we had a 48 F day recently here in Wisconsin and I went to check on my bees. No activity at the entrance and a lot of dead bees on the ground and nearby. I opened the top and saw a fairly large cluster of dead bees at the top front in the corner and another cluster of dead bees on top of a candy patty I had placed there a couple months earlier. Looking down into the two deep boxes all I saw were dead bees on the comb. Clearly I lost my colony and hope to order another Nuc and try again in early May. My question is how to I clean up and prepare? I suspect there is capped honey in the second deep box and drawn comb throughout. We did have a week or two of near or sub zero weather and I did add 1 inch of foam insulation and top ventilation space as well as a small upper entrance.
Do I just pull the frames and brush off the dead bees and wait for spring? Do I do any other preparation? Should I be looking at the remains for mites or something else? This is my first year and while the outcome is not what I had hoped for, I am excited for spring. I have drawn comb, I have flow frames that have been prepared by the bees already. They sealed everything up and I have them stored in plastic bags in my basement. Advice is much appreciated.