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Reusing comb from varroa dead out


#1

I’m in the process of extracting the honey stores of my colony, that died due to varroa infestation at some point in early winter. Along with capped honey, there’s a good amount of brood comb that the last batch of workers began to fill with nectar, presumably after the queen died. I’ve cut away some of it & placed in a plastic bag in the freezer, thinking that it could be helpful to a new colony this spring.

I’d like input on whether this is truly a safe and worthwhile plan, given the infestation & probability of disease. If not, I would just add it to the pile of wax to be rendered.

Thanks!


#2

Varroa dead outs are perfectly OK to use again


#3

Thank you @Dee - another related question: since I have limited freezer room, would it be OK to just reassemble the hive & leave it outdoors, with sealed openings?


#4

I do except I don’t seal the openings. I place a fine wire mesh top and bottom for air circulation.