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Offline asprince

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Certan application questions.
« on: January 10, 2008, 10:03:57 PM »
Having lost a hive last year to wax moths, I ordered some Certan and wish to treat my hives. I have read the instructions and all forum posts but I still have a question or two.

1. Can I treat my existing hives? Do I just open the hive and remove each frame and spray both sides? Spray bees, eggs, brood, pollen, and honey? I know that you treat the wax, but all my wax is in use by my bees.
 
2. Do I spray new undrawn foundation? Perco? 

Please advise, Steve     
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Re: Certan application questions.
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2008, 10:24:30 PM »
Steve, I only use certan on cutout hives or weak hives, this is when they are most vulnerable to waxmoth. A strong hive will not have a waxmoth problem. If you want to spray your hives you can though. The claim is that it doesn't hurt the bees or your honey.

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Re: Certan application questions.
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2008, 07:43:14 AM »
>1. Can I treat my existing hives?

Yes.

> Do I just open the hive and remove each frame and spray both sides?

Yes.

>Spray bees, eggs, brood, pollen, and honey?

What's in the brood nest, yes.  I would skip the supers until after the honey has been harvested.

>2. Do I spray new undrawn foundation? Perco?

Yes.
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Re: Certan application questions.
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2008, 07:53:26 PM »
Thanks Michael and JP.

I will plan to treat my hives in early spring. I hope to never have to worry about wax moths again. That is if I remain diligent with treatment as I add new equipment.

Steve
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