Greetings...new to beekeeping. Was told there is no wax moth in my area...by bee supply owner who is also a Master Beekeeper. She checked 1/2 the hives for wellness about 3 weeks and we saw no evidence of anything unusual.
I have sbb that usually are in place...recently removed for ventilation during varroa treatment.
Two hives..from purchased nucs...that sit side by side had a lot of moths, larvae and pupae in the bottom debris. None of the honey supers had any evidence of them when pulled off fully capped frames. We are storing those frames in plastic bags indoors rather than extracting now as some other hives that are weak may need extra stores for winter. The hives with the moths in the bottom debris don't appear to be weak.
Is it normal to have only 2 of 15 hives visibly affected?
How will I best manage this?
These were purchased nucs on very old looking frames...could I have inadvertently introduced wax moths into this area on contaminated frames?
Could it be some other similar looking moth? These hives are situated amongst grape vines.
They looked pretty much like images I have seen on google images.
Thanks for any instruction.