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    Lightbulb Controlling Wax Moths

    Is there anything that could be bought at the stores (wal-mart, walgreen etc) that could be used to control wax moths?

    So far, I have lost two supers to them and could use some advice.

    BillyH

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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    wrap your supers up in a plastic garbage bag, seal it real well to insure than nothing can get in (possibly double bag it) then freeze it for 48 hours. Remove from the freezer and leave in the bags until you need it. Otherwise buy some BT from Sundance here or some Paramoth from a bee supply place.

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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Enoz moth crystals can be found in the section where there are brooms and ironing boards. It should have the ingredient Paradichlorbenzene. a couple of table spoons per super and seal them up. Will kill larva and moths.

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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Okay, and now for a totally different point of view.

    Where I live in south TX, WM are one of my 2 biggest problems. Varrora are not an issue for ME, but WM are. They don't go dormant here, and they WILL take down a strong hive, I don't care what the other beeks around here say.

    I do not, and will not, use any of the moth crystals. I don't want that stuff in my honey supers, plus, the bees don't like it. When I stored supers over winter, and let them air out for 2 weeks, the girls would NOT use them. I tried the BT, and they would not touch those frames either. Some bees will. Not mine.

    My multi-pronged approach has been this: Many of the same things that work to deter WM will also deter SHB, my other enemy. I bought a cedar oil spray and sprayed the wood of the supers and frames with that. Bees like cedar in my area -- at least 75% of the swarms I see are in cedars. I keep the ground beneath my hives bare, and the hives in full sun. I keep the hives off the ground on stands. I have also been experimenting this summer, with some success, spreading "snake" repellent around the hives. This is stuff I bought at Tractor Supply, and is heavily impregnated with cedar, clove, and cinnamon oils. Smells great. It *has* cut down on WM and SHB around my hives. Don't know about snakes. And I feel much better about essential oils in and around the hive than the moth stuff.

    But my concerns are not universal. You do have options, and you should check them out.

    Good luck to you!
    Summer

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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Summer, have you noticed a decrease in ants after using the snake "repellent"?

    Ed

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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    I also make wax moth traps using old 2 liter plastic bottles witha 1 inch hole in the neck filling it with one cup of sugar disolved in 2 cups of water and add one cup of white vinegar and one banana peel. After this gets fermenting it catches a fair amount of moths and other nasty bugs....

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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Quote Originally Posted by summer1052 View Post
    ... they WILL take down a strong hive, I don't care what the other beeks around here say.
    I can certainly agree with that. So often I hear how, "wax moths are no problem for a strong hive". Well, for me too, that's been totally bogus. Quite regularly, I find their larvae, spinning their webs through areas of capped brood, where they don't only eat pollen and wax, but also some honey bee pupae, as well. They also frequently ensnare honey bee brood, preventing them from successfully emerging, once the bees begin attempting to do so. They do this in many colonies, no matter their strength or population density.

    Fortunately, for me, and my bees, pre-treating combs/foundation with the appropriate strain of Bt seems to have a strong inhibitive effect against the wax moth, and little, if any deleterious effect on honey bees.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    I'm a first year beek...got my first bees back in December of 2011. My worst experience so far was the day I pulled supers for extracting. I was expecting four, maybe five supers of honey but when I got to my second super this is what I found...supers and frames had been treated with Bt.

    ETA: The brood chamber was a deep and it had NOT been treated. Could have the moths started below and came up into the supers. I saw no dead larvae or any that appeared to be sick (what would a sick larvae look like? ). Should the Bt have killed the larvae that were in the supers? I'm going to continue using the Bt, there's too many folks that swear by it not to use it, but I'm wondering how the moths got such a good foothold in the treated boxes. ???





    Last edited by Intheswamp; 08-07-2012 at 12:48 PM.

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    Default Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    go to this thread and order some BT. Mix it up in a hand sprayer and mist it over each frame. It works quite well and doesn't have the issues that come with moth crystals.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...Aizawai-Powder

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