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  1. #1
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    Default Wax Moth Disaster

    Well it has been an interesting year. First a bear destroyed some of my hives despite an electric fence, then I got divorced, and now I have wax moths.

    This morning I noticed the 4 hives that were partially destroyed by the bear, which have been sitting in my barn, were completely infested with wax moths. I am sure this is my own fault since I never removed the frames with honey. No one ever said I was smart.

    So now I have four hives that have been exposed to wax moths. Do I clean them up and let them sit in the barn all winter? Here in MA we have subzero temps throughout the winter. Or, do I destroy everything and start from square one? Wouldn't be such an issue but the money I used to have is now is someone (ahem) else's account.

    My gut tells me most of you will suggest destroying the effected parts but I want to hear if before I go and feed the bonfire with hive parts.

    Thanks for your input. -John

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by JMP View Post
    then I got divorced, and now I have wax moths.
    Well that is better than crabs.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by JMP View Post
    then I got divorced, and now I have wax moths.
    This is a healthy sign. Wax moths get rid of the old so you can start anew. Part of that cleansing process.

    So now I have four hives that have been exposed to wax moths. Do I clean them up and let them sit in the barn all winter? Here in MA we have subzero temps throughout the winter. Or, do I destroy everything and start from square one? Wouldn't be such an issue but the money I used to have is now is someone (ahem) else's account.
    You need not destroy any of your equipment. Cut out all the damaged comb and reuse everything else. Start with new foundation this spring and don't look back.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Start with new foundation this spring and don't look back.

    Good advice for your whole situation.

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Just as the others suggested, replace the foundation and you're good to go.

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    Start with new foundation this spring and don't look back.

    Good advice for your whole situation.
    Amen!

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Don't give up. I've been with my third wife now for 14 years and she hasn't gained a pound unlike my first two. As far as wax moths go, just be more vigilant next time and keep moving forward.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Free bait, go fishing.

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    I'm sure you had more pressing matters to think about, don't beat yourself up for not cleaning up the hives, it's not too late to do that now, give you something to do, just pretend you are cleaning the rest of the crap out of your life as you clean out the hive boxes. Next time you might want to spray with diluted BT powder to prevent a future problem. I have looked back over my life and have seen that what I thought was the worst thing that could have happened turned out to be a good thing that shaped my future in a positive way. Keep looking ahead, it's a waste to look back. Good Luck

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Question - I had a hive that did not make it this year also. When I took it apart, it had some wax moth damage, though not a whole lot. Can I use some of the frames of comb that are not that badly damaged? I put them in the freezer for about a week just to be safe. Or, should I just get rid of it?

    On another note - I haven't had the bear damage, but I did go through the divorce (Happily married the second time around!!). Do you know why divorces are so expensive?? Because they are worth it!

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    You got divorced and STILL have the barn & beehives? You musta had a good lawyer!

    As Barry said, keep the good, discard the new ......... start over in Spring & next time buy BT from Sundance on BS and spray those combs...
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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by stan.vick View Post
    Keep looking ahead, it's a waste to look back. Good Luck
    Yes, very well said.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Wax Moth Disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by bnm1000 View Post
    Can I use some of the frames of comb that are not that badly damaged?
    Why not. I have a deep that has sat out in the open for two years now because I don't use deeps anymore. Because of my location it only has a little wax moth and hive beetle damage. Cut out the bad and let the bees build natural comb or drone cells. It is good for them.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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