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Author Topic: Can you avoid waxmoths by freezing your supers?  (Read 3131 times)
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« on: July 16, 2009, 09:43:01 AM »

To avoid using ANY harsh chemicals, could I wrap my super in cellophane, freeze it for two days, and then store it wrapped?  Since this is what is advised for killing eggs in comb honey, I thought it might work.

I am small time, so I could freeze a few, then store and so on....until they are all stored for the year. 

Any thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009, 10:06:17 PM »

well I don't use chemical to store mine either, what has worked for me is large garbage bags, I put the super in a big bad then freeze just to keep from getting anything in my freezer, then after 15-20 hours I take it out and put that bagged super into another bag (two bags now) then I put a top cover upside down on the floor where I am storing it and after I stack them head high I put another top cover over them. works fine for me.....
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 11:33:18 PM »

well, good point TwT.  I did not think about putting the covers on top and bottom.  I guess they would not have to stay in the bags.  -Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 12:48:35 AM »

Freezing will work fine, especially if you don't have lots to deal with.  Are you opposed to using BT to control the wax moths?
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 07:39:57 AM »

Freezing is a lot of unneeded work. I find Bt to be the easiest.  If you really only have a few,  keeping them exposed to light will keep the wax moth away.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009, 08:29:35 AM »

To be painfully honest, I am not sure what Bt is.  huh I was just trying to think of a way to avoid any chemicals.  Maybe there isn't a way, but thought I would try.  I only have 10-15 hives (doing combos this week).  I thought that freezing them might be a fairly simple way to prevent damage.  grin

What is Bt? 
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 08:46:56 AM »

What is Bt? 


Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacteria that kills the wax moth larvae, but is harmless to bees or you.  Spray it once and your good to go, no need to treat every year. 

You can get it premixed under the name B401 or Certan from BeeWorks -> http://www.beeworks.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=18

Or much cheaper in dry form and mix it yourself ->  http://www.hidhut.com/catalog/xentari-bt-p-31.html

SOme have also been able to get Xentari from their local garden supply.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 09:14:46 AM »

Ahhhhhhhh yes, I do remember reading about that now.  Thank you!
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009, 12:00:50 PM »

The folks at HID Hut are good to deal with. One bag will teat lots of frames. Our club bought a bag and shared.


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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2009, 10:32:05 AM »

I live where it freezes hard in the winter and the wax moths don't get bad until about July.  I pull the supers and harvest, put them back on for the bees to guard and pull them back off after a hard freeze has eliminated the wax moths.  Then I stack them until the next year and put them back on for supers before the wax moths take off (about the first part of June I'll have them back on).

Yes freezing will kill wax moths.  But it does take a good hard freeze, like a chest freezer with sub zero temps.
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« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2009, 12:04:37 AM »

Would it be possible to have wax moths without my seeing them? Could there be eggs in the comb anyway?

I have topbars, so the only comb in the hive is that which is constantly covered by bees. Would that prevent an infestation?

Thanks from someone who just harvested a few bars of comb honey and is now picturing maggots hatching out in it  tongue
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2009, 07:58:20 AM »

If BT is harmless to everything but wax moth larvae, could you spray it into your hive, or does it also kill bee larvae?
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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2009, 08:01:57 AM »

Would it be possible to have wax moths without my seeing them? Could there be eggs in the comb anyway?
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I have topbars, so the only comb in the hive is that which is constantly covered by bees. Would that prevent an infestation?
A strong hive will prevent the larvae from destroying the comb.   Occasionally,  even on strong hives you'll find a cocoon from a larvae that kept out of reach from the bees (bored into the wood, or stayed in a crack/crevice)
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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2009, 08:04:13 AM »

If BT is harmless to everything but wax moth larvae, could you spray it into your hive, or does it also kill bee larvae?

I have never done it, both others claim spraying it on active frames without harm.

I usually wait to spray just before storing it.  If the bees are on it,  they will handle any wax moth issues.
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