First year of bees with SHB infestation before winter
TLDR; since they are winding down on laying new brood for the winter, could I move bees into one box and freeze all frames for one box then move them all back and freeze all the other frames? essentially kill all SHB in each box.
So this is my first year keeping bees. We treated for mites in the spring using strips. The hive was thriving and filled two brood boxes with brood and honey. We didn’t get any supers filled but hey it’s our first year and they had a lot of comb to build.
Couple months ago we noticed a lot of SHB and installed a Freeman trap on the bottom to catch a bunch of them. Thought we were doing all we can for beetle control. Now the hive is winding down for winter and it stinks like socks. 🙁
Reading online it talks about freezing infested frames and cleaning off slime. So here’s my question: since they are winding down on laying new brood for the winter, could I move bees into one box and freeze all frames for one box then move them all back and freeze all the other frames?
I know freezing all frames would kill brood but come November she shouldn’t be laying a bunch of new brood right?
What do you all think? Too disruptive to the hive?
We plan to move the hive to a more sunny area over the winter and treat the soil around the hive with nematodes.