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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Brevard, FL, USA

    Default Wax Moth and Hive Beetle Control

    I have a question about winter super storage.
    I'm a new beekeeper in Brevard County, FL. I have only 6 hives now but intend to wind up with a hundred or so in the next couple of years.
    I have run 500-600 hives in two different operations, one in California in the late 70's, and again in The Bahamas in the 80's and 90's, so have some experience, though mite and hive beetle control are new to me. I have just harvested my fall Pepper honey, and will treat for mites this week.
    In the past, I have treated for moths by burning sulphur in a closed storage room. I have had trouble finding sulphur locally. The wettable kind you find in the hardware store won't stay lit so need, I think, flowers of sulphur. Any ideas on where to find it?
    Also, any other methods of killing these vermin would be most appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011

    Default Re: Wax Moth and Hive Beetle Control

    WALL--MART has it

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA

    Default Re: Wax Moth and Hive Beetle Control

    You can protect stored honey supers from wax moths by spraying comb with a Bt Aizawai solution. More info here:
    Its a long thread, you can skip to the end anytime to find current contact info for Sundance.

    Note that there are several different varieties of Bt, you need to use the Aizawai variety for wax moths. There is an Israelensis variety more commonly available that works on mosquito larva, but won't help for wax moths:
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #4
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    May 2009
    Garland, Bladen County, NC, USA

    Default Re: Wax Moth and Hive Beetle Control

    Phosgen in closed space for the licensed applicator works.
    Veni, vidi, Velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Alachua County, FL, USA

    Default Re: Wax Moth and Hive Beetle Control

    If you get caught burning sulfur in the US as a treatment you could lose a lot more than the honey they confiscate and destroy. Para dichlorobenzene is the only unregulated treatment.

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