This thread has become very interesting. I have comments to make about the screened/solid bottomboards, again. As mentioned, I am using the solid bottomboards, for reasons I won't mention again. I am fortunate that I live in a climate that does not have those extremely high temperatures, as so many of my forum friends have. Our temperature in summer rarely will get over 27 C (80F), we average moreso around 25 C (27). I have colonies that are all very, very strong, and I have not seen any bearding, due to heat related issues. Once I had festoons hanging around the upper entrance, I posted a picture of this. THis was a direct result of a colony that was proceeding with swarming, which I intervened with a cut down split, (I had to split the cut down split a couple of weeks ago, gangbuster colony).
With my solid bottomboards I can also monitor mites using a sticky board. I have a black mesh that goes over the sticky board and I simply insert it in the front of the colony and push it into the hive. Works well.
The wax moth.....back to what the thread was originally about. Yes....when I got that used equipment there was a massive wax moth issue. All the frames were frozen, the boxes scraped and sprayed with a weak bleach solution. I saw wax moth larvae in those boxes, inner covers and lids in the weirdest places and they can really hide very well. But I believe I got them all.
About the boring into the wood. Yes, they can do that too, I witnessed that. Holes straight into the wood and reasonably deep "tunnel" shaped borings. I was so intrigued by this, I took a picture.
Also, just for interest sake, I am putting a picture of some of the inner covers. They are made from what it looks like to me as pieces of wood, not the typical piece of plywood, interesting to say the least. Beautiful, most wonderful day, love our lives, so worthy to live. Cindi
The inside of this box was particularly bored out with the worm
The inner cover, must old as time itself