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- Feb 10, 2020
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- New York
Callout to my bee-keeper friends here. I've had a couple hives not make it through the winter and I sent out the bees for evaluation at the Maryland center. It does not look like EFB or AFB. Maybe Nosemia. In the meantime, I want to clean and sanitize the hive and frames. Most sources say to use a sodium hypochlorite spray (1 part to 5 parts water) which is much higher than the 1:10 we typically use in the prehospital EMS realm. It seems a bit harsh to me. I was wondering if there was a use of a KMETA solution in the hive, where I would leave a shallow tray in the bottom and let the fumes permeate the hive for some time, much like we do with carboys. There are no bees in the hives. Any thoughts?