Long story short. I’ve had to relocate a flow hive and removed the super to do this. The super has a mix of fully capped frames and some partially capped. The hive has swarmed several times so population is insufficient to maintain a full setup. I intend re queening the hive and harvesting the honey from the super. What is the best method for temporarily storing the super, say a couple of weeks and should I clean it once harvested?
I would freeze the frames for 24 hours if it is going to be that long without bees, otherwise you will have a harvest of Wax moths and SHB…
No need to clean it after harvesting, the bees will do that before they re-stock it.
Thank you Dawn. You are always so quick with a response. Should I still freeze even if I’m storing them inside in a fairly well sealed container?
Hi Dawn. Ignore my last message. I assume the freezing for 24hours is to inactivate any possible eggs/larva that may be present. Then is it ok to house the frames in a sealed box inside the house - cool dark place?
Yes and yes. Well done.