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« on: November 24, 2012, 08:20:51 PM »

what do you do with frames after they have been extracted (to store them)
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 08:42:11 PM »

I let the bees clean them up for a day, freeze them in the freezer for a few days, then store them.   I use a old commercial cooler out of a store that is air tight.   Keeps the bugs out of them.   
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 09:17:46 PM »

i get one of these..http://www.harborfreight.com/movers-dolly-93888.html  . place a lid on it then stack the hive body's with frames on it and the last body i place a dish full of http://www.walmart.com/ip/Enoz-Moth-Crystals-16-oz/16326915 this and place a lid on top and tie them down with one of http://www.harborfreight.com/2-inch-x-20-ft-ratchet-tie-down-47764.html and wheel them in the corner..
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 09:51:39 PM »

If you use moth crystals it HAS to be Para-moth or you WILL KILL BEES



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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2012, 11:50:38 AM »

I leave them outside where they freeze.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 05:18:27 PM »

I do it the way that Adamant said except mine start on plywood on top of cinder blocks. This makes no difference. I reply only to reenforce the use of Moth Crystals not moth balls.   -Mike
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 08:43:44 AM »

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It is here now -7C. I will lift combs to the frost air. Moth larvae are dead tomorrow.

I really have a moth nest in my box pile. 2 metres out only.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2012, 12:09:55 PM »

    I use Bacillus Thurigensis (BT).   I spray each frame both sides then store them.   I also use the same to prevent cabbage loopers and other moth larvae.   OMTCW  (only my two cents worth)
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2012, 09:07:13 PM »

I leave mine in the shed during the winter in the spring, summer, fall i will put them in the freezer
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