Deadouts with lots of honey. I expect to harvest full frames of honey and save partials and drawn comb for re-establishing future colonies. It is too cold to do anything now. So here are my questions:
1. Can I leave everything in the empty hives until it is warm enough to extract the honey? What precautions should I take - duct tape all the entrances so nothing can get in?
2. The partial frames with honey and pollen that I want to use for new colonies. Can they just stay in the deeps (closed up) into May/June when I can introduce new bees? I'm concerned about ants, and other bugs getting in. What do other people do?