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  1. #1
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    Default preventing wax moths in supers

    I know that wax moths don't like light, they prefer it when the supers are stacked and covered so its dark with no air circulation, so if you were to stack them with say a couple 3/4" wood strips between each super in the stack and leave the top box open, would that be enough ventilation and light to keep them out? I usually keep my supers in the garage or a shed which is unheated. I know there won't be a problem in the winter, but will this method I mentioned keep them out the other times of the year? Thanks.

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    Default Re: preventing wax moths in supers

    Sure as long as you spray them with BT.

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    Default Re: preventing wax moths in supers

    +1 to Tenbears. Been two years, storing outside with Bt and no loss to waxmoth or SHB.
    My wife says I have ADD, but, hey look- a chicken!

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    Default Re: preventing wax moths in supers

    Formic acid

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    Default Re: preventing wax moths in supers

    I read/heard somewhere that wax moths were only really attracted to brood comb and not the honey comb? Is that true? Also is the bt's considered organic? Can you just spray it on once and then be done with it?

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    Default Re: preventing wax moths in supers

    If you want to use Bt to deal with wax moth issues, be aware that there are multiple varieties of Bt, and you need BT Aizawai to control wax moths. Other varieties of Bt, such as Bt israelensis (used to control mosquitos) will not control wax moths.

    If you are looking for BT Aizawai, more info is here:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-Powder/page12
    PM Sundance to purchase.

    The Agree WG that Sundance is currently selling is certified for organic use. More here:
    http://www.certisusa.com/organic_crop_production.htm
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    Default Re: preventing wax moths in supers

    >I read/heard somewhere that wax moths were only really attracted to brood comb and not the honey comb? Is that true?

    Somewhat true of greater wax moths. Not at all true of lesser wax moths.
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