Any secrets for getting bees to move up into a super?

Q. Any secrets for getting bees to move up into a super? My two deeps are full of brood and I just placed a medium with drawn-out comb. There seem to be 30-40 bees in there each time I’ve checked, but they aren’t putting honey or anything else up there. Any tips? (They were a new package installed in April of this year.) M.W.

A. A couple of things might be happening. Has the nectar flow stopped where they are? Maybe there just isn’t anything to put in that box. Another possibility is that the super was stored by chemicals or gas that was absorbed into the wax. In that case, airing out the wax, or getting rid of it, may be the best option. You could also try spritzing it with sugar syrup to encourage them to move up.

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