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Bee package install

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Bee package install

Hello colony! So I had one hive last year here in CO. Sadly it did not make it over winter. The colony numbers where low going into the winter and I couldn’t locate the queen. Anyways it looks like they absconded, my hive is completely empty and depleted of all honey stores. There’s signs of varroa mite presence inside the now empty hive but never did a proper check/count last fall. I did do one round of oxalic acid treatment.

My question is, can I re use the hive and frames as is for the installation of a package of bees? Or would I have to scrape the frames of comb and clean the hive components in some way prior to installing the package?

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