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Offline bullybrink

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Bee Equipment and Flea Bombs
« on: October 15, 2012, 05:40:24 PM »
I have a medium full of capped honey that was put inside a trash bag and tied loosely shut. It was in a room where a flea bomb was set off about a year ago and the honey was in this bag then and has been sitting there for the last year. My questions are
(1) Do you think it would be safe to eat the honey?
(2) Do you think the medium and frames inside are safe to use come spring if need be?
(3) Should I just throw out the honey and foundation and then burn out the box and torch the frames a little and reuse?

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Re: Bee Equipment and Flea Bombs
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2012, 06:28:20 PM »
It depends on how well it was sealed. I would look at how well the top was closed up. Then I would take it off the super and do a leak test. Fill it with air, seal the end and see if it hold air and does not have any holes. If there is any question of being leak proof put the whole thing in trash. Keep it sealed or your bees will find it. This past year I removed bees from a tool box that had about 60 pounds of honey but the bottom of the box had a broken bag of seven dust. Put the box and the honey in a trash can, sealed it up and took it to the dump.
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Re: Bee Equipment and Flea Bombs
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2012, 08:07:01 PM »
Air it out well and put it on the bees come spring. In older times it was common for beeks to stack their supers and comb, cover with plastic and set off a "bug bomb" underneath to keep the wax moths away (I even know of one that still does).

I don't agree with this method at all!!!

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Re: Bee Equipment and Flea Bombs
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012, 08:21:56 PM »
I would second the idea that it depends on just how well the bag was sealed up.  If it was sealed up well, the I would not worry about it.   Have you opened the bag to see what the comb looks like lately?   Are you wanting to eat the honey or just feed the bees with it?

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Re: Bee Equipment and Flea Bombs
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 09:55:50 PM »
Well the bag was not sealed up well at all. I was hoping to maybe be able to eat the honey myself but am not sure it is worth the risk. I don't want to kill my bees either by feeding it to them. I'm not sure what is the right answer. Do you think it would be ok to just lightly torch the box and the frames and throw out the honey and foundation?

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Re: Bee Equipment and Flea Bombs
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012, 10:20:20 PM »
I would eat the honey. The bug bomb was effective for about 4 hours. If there was a danger after that, what in your kitchen could you eat the day after the bomb was used? Pesticide is not everlasting. You eat it everyday from veggies that were sprayed in the garden.
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Re: Bee Equipment and Flea Bombs
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012, 10:37:07 PM »
Air it out well and put it on the bees come spring. In older times it was common for beeks to stack their supers and comb, cover with plastic and set off a "bug bomb" underneath to keep the wax moths away (I even know of one that still does).

I don't agree with this method at all!!!

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