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Author Topic: How to kill the wax moth larvae from comb without a deep freezer?  (Read 540 times)
Beetific
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« on: August 09, 2013, 08:36:53 PM »

My mentor left me bags of comb to clean and melt down and make things with it, as I wish. But there was larvae in it and I don't want to waste the wax, but I can hear things moving inside. I opened one bag and it was full of larvae squirming around.

How do I kill off all the larvae without a deep freezer?
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2013, 08:48:00 PM »

Anything that will displace the air will work. If you have access to dry ice or compressed CO2 that will work. I opened a swarm trap yesterday and it was full of moth and larvae. I closed it back up and poured a little acetone into the entrance and sealed it up. Opened it last night and cleaned it out. Only found one live moth in it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2013, 09:29:56 PM »

Same as your post in Gen. Beekeeping.

I put them in my solar wax melter. It both melts the wax and kills the wildlife.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2013, 04:25:16 PM »

+1 iddee

Clean the wax. Kill the bugs. Simple
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