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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
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    Waller County, TX, USA
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    Default Wax moth and new foundation?

    I have my assembled frames in my house. They are brand new Nd have been here or outside for a few months. Do I need to worry about wax moth damage yet? If so, what can I do to prevent it?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2002
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    San Mateo, CA
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    Default Re: Wax moth and new foundation?

    I have had open boxes on foundation sitting on a shelf for 30 years with no wax moth damage. Wax moth larvae feed on pollen in combs.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2005
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    Washington County, Maine
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    Default Re: Wax moth and new foundation?

    odfrank is correct. Wax moths won't touch foundation - there is nothing there for them to eat. The "wax" in wax moths is something of a misnomer, as it is not the wax that they "like."
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

  4. #4
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Wax moth and new foundation?

    I've had the lesser wax moths in my basement "touch" foundation, but never enough that it ruined it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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