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  1. #1
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    Default Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    I checked my hive after being away for a month and didnt find one honey bee. I did find some yellow jackets and many many white grub type worms. I am thinking they are wax moths. My question is what to do to get rid of these things before they destroy the comb on my frames. I assume I can re-use my equipment without worry? I would like to keep and use the comb for next springs package.

    Dan

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    Freeze the frames ASAP for 24 hours and store them securely till you need them again.

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    Could it be SHB larvae?????

    Any webs or slime???

    Ed

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    you can also use the type of bt specific to wax moths to spray the comb after you clean it up and prevent them later

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    They well could be. I really dont know. Here are some images, sorry about the focus. Not sure what happened. I dont see any slime though so thought wax moths. These images only show a few of the larvae. There were so many more. Comments??

    http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...sues-20010906/

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    I can't tell by the pictures...the focus is indeed bad. Moth larvae will have legs like catepillars...fleshy and run a good length of their bodies. SHB larvae will have more pronounced hard shell covered legs with joints...three sets behind their heads. At least that's the way I think it's supposed to be. Moth larvae "smush" easier than the tougher larvae of the beetles.

    Ed

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan. NY View Post
    They well could be. I really dont know. Here are some images, sorry about the focus. Not sure what happened. I dont see any slime though so thought wax moths. These images only show a few of the larvae. There were so many more. Comments??

    http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...sues-20010906/
    Wax moth, chances are they have infested the comb.

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    If you have a friend with chickens, they will clean up the larva with minimal damage to the comb.
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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    I put my frames in the freezer last night and am hoping that takes care of them. I dont have chickens so went this route and am hoping it gets them. Thanks for the advice.

    Dan

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    Default Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    Do you have any knowledge of the successful use of fire ants to clean up the infestation?

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