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Thread: Wax Moth ?

  1. #1
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    Checked my hives this morning. Noticed about a half dozen small, I mean tiny wax moths flying around in front of the hive.

    Should I be concerned? If so, what is the best course of action?

    I hate those things... Last time I was in the hive I did not see any worms. That was about two weeks ago.

    Thesurveyor

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    http://www.beeworks.com/Waxmoth.htm

    Here is some info and a plan for a trap and bait. I also buy Certan from this same site. It's a bacteria that kills wax moths but is harmless to humans and bees. http://www.beeworks.com/uspage5.asp look at the bottom of this page.

    I'm going to try PermaComb and hopefully that will help also.

    Also, when it's cool out having no top entrance and a 3/8" bottom will help keep them from getting past the gaurd bees.

    And I'd love to hear any other suggestions from others.

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    has anybody else tried cedar wood oil?, i smear it on my bottom tray occasionally.i figured that if other moths are repelled by cedar, wax moths might be too,i don't usually have waxmoth problems,so maybe there's something to it.

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    The oil sounds more effective than cedar hives. I may try this, but it's probably more expense than I want.

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