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« on: January 13, 2009, 08:44:30 PM »

Well I asked myself this question moments ago and looked it up. I wondered how Mentholated candy (Halls) and things for wax moths worked.

A white crystalline organic compound, CH3C6H9(C3H7)OH, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized. It is used in perfumes, in cigarettes, as a mild topical anesthetic, and as a mint flavoring.

Does this mean if you were to plant Peppermint, (mint in general?) around you're hives you'll never have trouble with wax moths?
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009, 08:49:39 PM »

I have plenty of wild mint around here and it appears to have no deterrence on wax moths.   If indeed mint oils are a deterrence to wax moth (first I have heard that), I would venture a guess that the plants are not potent enough.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009, 09:26:45 PM »

My guess is that nothing short of PDB and Bt are a detriment to wax moths...  they don't seem to care about cedar hives or the mint that grows not far from mine...
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009, 09:43:03 PM »

I would be afraid Bt might get into the Bee hive. It kills or stunts the growth of insects in the larval form in general I believe.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 08:48:48 PM »

>I would be afraid Bt might get into the Bee hive. It kills or stunts the growth of insects in the larval form in general I believe.

It was approved for the treatment of wax moths IN the hive.  There was no noticeable ill affects on bees, but it does kill the wax moths.  You can buy it labled and approved in Canada and, as far as I know all of Europe for treatment of combs in the hive for wax moths.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009, 07:14:25 AM »

You can buy it labled and approved in Canada and, as far as I know all of Europe for treatment of combs in the hive for wax moths.


If memory serves me right,  I also believe it was approved in the US at one point but has since expired.  Something to the effect of the company that had it registered was bought out by a larger company that was not interested in this particular product and just let it expire.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2009, 03:16:40 PM »

>If memory serves me right,  I also believe it was approved in the US at one point but has since expired.

Your memory serves you well.
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