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freebee
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:38 am    Post subject: mold Reply with quote

Yesterday, we had real warm weather and I did a little inspection through the window of my tbh. It looked like the bees were busy! Last year I had a little mold on the follower boards and the first and last comb. This year I left a little bit more room between the boards and comb, and this seems to work, no mold there. However, I also have an eco floor and for the first time I see mold there. Like a very thin white blanket. I don't know what to do, leave it until the first proper inspection in spring, or clean it up now? Next week we will have temperatures of 10+ Celcius. There are a few dead bees on the floor, if the bees try to remove them, they will be in contact with the mold, but maybe they are so smart not to try it?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my opinion people worry too much about mould It is part of the natural break down process, like bacteria. The honey will not go mouldy because of the sugar content and the area where the bees are clustered will not go mouldy, it is just the parts of the hive where the air is still and damp.
It will sort itself out in time when he weather warms up and the bees are actively working in these areas of the hive and circulating the air.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:13 am    Post subject: mold Reply with quote

thank you for your reply, I will leave them in peace Very Happy
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