Yikes!

I opened up the hive yesterday.  The hive smelled like Elmer’s glue.  The bottom board (now watertight) was filled with slime and SHB larvae.  The combs are largely destroyed.  The queen has not been seen.

Last night I put one comb in the hive for the bees and put the rest in a cooler with dry ice.  My hope is to kill all the SHB and larvae.  There’s more honey left than I initially thought.  There’s also some pollen.  I’m hoping that the bees will be able to survive on the freeze-cleaned comb.

Pictures and updates to come…

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