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Thread: moldy quilt

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    North Pole, Alaska

    Default moldy quilt

    Ment to ask this sooner.

    Here a few weeks back before we got cool finally....I took the quilt off and replaced the woodshavings inside. I noticed on one hive the quilt had some mold on it. The other was fine.

    I used duck cloth for it.

    is this a common issue?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Default Re: moldy quilt

    How many holes in the sides of the quilt box and how big are they?

    Would think your winter air is quite dry and should remove excess moisture farily readily.
    Zone 3b. If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Essex, England, UK

    Default Re: moldy quilt

    My own quilt boxes all have hessian (burlap) bottoms and are filled with straw and not wood shavings. Only once had a problem with mouldy straw and it was due to excessive condensate in the quilt box. I stupidly used a sheet of rigid plastic to make one of the roof boards and it did not let the quilt breath as it should. When changed for a plywood roof board, no further issues. I should say I don’t have any vent holes in the side of the quilt box which is normal for round here. Our climate is pretty damp in the fall and stays damp right through winter. Probably very different from the cold you must experience in Alaska & Canada.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Seattle, WA, USA

    Default Re: moldy quilt

    Try drilling one or more vent holes in the sides of the quilt box, then attaching to the exterior some sturdy screen overlaying fine fabric to keep mice and bugs out. This keeps the quilt volume ventilated, letting water vapor pass outside, while retaining heat. I also switched to shaved-wood animal bedding and have been untroubled by microbial growth in the quilt.


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