Wild Comb Question
I found a wild hive in a fallen down tree about 9months ago. My intention was to hive them this spring if they survived the winter. I went to check this week and it looks like they might have absconded. I didn’t see any dead bees or brood. When I last checked in the early winter they were still there in the cluster.
I’m wondering if there’s any risk to harvesting a bit of the new comb to use for swarm lures? If they absconded, should I be worried about AFB or other potential diseases? Would the wax be safe to render down?
I’m in Pennsylvania.