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Author Topic: What to do with a frame after freezing?  (Read 351 times)
Georgia Boy
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« on: July 01, 2013, 08:26:00 PM »

Haven't been into my hives for a week. Trying to be good and leave them alone so they can build up now that the queens are finally laying eggs.

Anyway we took pictures so we could be in and out as quickly as possible. And glad we did. This is what turned up on the photos.

In this photo I noticed what appeared to be a tunnel going under the cells of pollen and honey.

So I cropped and enlarged.

I have Wax Moth larvae on one frame.

Went right back out and took the frame out of the hive. Then proceeded to closely check the others frames but didn't see any other damage. There were too many frames for the amount of bees in this hive. I removed the unused frames of drawn comb and replaced them with empty foundationless frames so the bees won't have to try and cover them.

I placed the infected frame in a bag and into the freezer it went.

Will watch hive closely to make sure there aren't more on the remaining frames.

QUESTION: When I take the frame out of the freezer can I just place it back into the hive and the bees will clean it up and use whatever is usable OR do I need to scrape everything back down to the foundation and then put it in the hive for the bees to use again?

Thanks David

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 08:40:44 PM »

They can't clean up the silk, but they will take care of the rest.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 10:01:28 PM »

after freezing it. If it is foundationless just cutout the moth silk area. if foundation then scrape the area out. the bees will repair it.

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 12:35:19 AM »

 Good teaching pic.

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 03:28:05 AM »

Your bee density is too low in hive if pests can do that kind of things in the hive.
It allowes robbers come in too.

Reduce the space that frames are occupied.


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