FAQ: Frame Maintenance

Q1: What should you do with fermented frames of honey?

A1: What we’ve been doing is giving them back to bees the next summer, but only a frame or two per box. I don’t know how the bees handle it, but the problem goes away. Frames should not be left out of a hive to be robbed as to prevent the spread of disease.

Q2: How do you store empty frames and supers over the winter?

A2: Store in a cool, dark, dry, closed storeroom. Freezing comb before storing will kill existing wax moth.

Q3: How do you clean frames with dead bees inside them?

A3: We let the next colony the frame is placed in clean out those bees. We don’t put more than a couple frames like that in a colony at once though.