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  1. #1
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    Default beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    I have 2 boxes that were destroyed by beetles. Some of the wax doesn't look to bad, but most is messed up with a lot of old dead worms. I had put the boxes in the freezer and am now in the process of cleaning up. I was wondering about melting the wax down. Is it hard to clean up or am I just wasting my time. Thanks for any replies.

    Jimmy

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    Wasting your time in our book. You may be able to trade it in for new foundations or get some credit for it.
    Watch those hive beetles.
    Good luck to you this new year,
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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    Hive beetles larvae or wax moth larvae? Spider web looking stuff as well?

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    Hive beetle larvae I believe. Yes, spider web looking stuff and 1" long slender worms running around as well.

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    Wax moth larvae then. They can certainly do some damage in no time!

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    In my experience with SHB they usually slim the hive more then mess the wax up. They sure make a mess when it happens.

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    Give them to a few chickens and see if they don't polish them up for you

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    If its foundation just rip the webbing off and let the bees clean and fix. If its foundation-less remove webbing and let the bees clean and fix. Freeze before putting back on the hive. Also if its beetles freeze and put back on the hives for the bees to clean up.

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    Over here in the east it's a perfect time to put your potentially bug infested frames and foods outdoors. With temperatures dropping to below zero F, it's a great resource for killing bugs safely and efficiently.

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    Default Re: beeswax from hive destroyed by beetles

    I removed a hive that was in a 1' x 1' x 3' birdhouse that had fallen in a cemetery. The combs had smashed against the opening so everything inside was dead. Opening it up was pretty horrible. Dead bees and an infestation of wax moths like I have never seen plus fermenting honey and ants... Cleaned everything up as well as I could and melted all the combs and got maybe a pound of wax. It wasn't THAT bad getting the wax out, but it was a pretty awful experience. See what it takes to clean it so you will have the experience to know what is worth keeping and what should be tossed. In my experience, old combs from cut outs should be tossed or burned as there isn't much wax left in them to render, as an example.
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