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  1. #1
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    Default Spray BT on honey wet supers ?

    I am getting ready to extract, but will need to put a few empties back on hives.
    Question is : Right after extraction can I spray still wet (with honey)frames with BT, then stick them back on hives ? Or do I need to let the bees clean them out,let them dry then spray and put them back on hives.
    Thanks
    Mike

  2. #2
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    Personally I'd leave the supers un-sprayed that are going
    back on. The bees will handle the wax moth issue.

    I like to let the bees clean up supers myself and then
    spray. But I have no data on this increasing the
    effectiveness of the bt.

  3. #3
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    Lexington, KY, USA
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    Default Bt

    Hi, we have been using Bt for quite a while and have good success with it. I would let the bees clean the frames as, in my opinion, the target of the wax moths is the wax. If there is a layer of honey between the wax and the Bt I doubt that it would be effective. Just my
    two cents worth. Take care and have fun.

  4. #4
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    One question....... What is BT????????????
    life is like a box of chocolates,you never know what you are gonna get

  5. #5
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    With flexibility for not-had-coffee-yet spelling , bacillus thurengensis. It's a bacterium that when ingested by many larvae ruins their day, but is not harmful to pollinators etc. It's a very friendly but very effective control for a lot of pest insects.
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

  6. #6
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    I would spray on comb that is as cleaned up as possible.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  7. #7
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    "One question....What is BT??????" - mlewis.

    Butterfly toxin,..[maybe]. But it's safe to use on honeybee comb to prevent wax moths.

    But YES; it is.. 'Bacillus thuringiensis'.
    Last edited by Oldbee; 10-31-2008 at 10:37 AM.

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