When to put frames in the freezer
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  1. #1
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    Default When to put frames in the freezer

    When I pull frames off of a hive, I run them thru the freezer for 3 days and then seal them in plastic. I don’t use para-moth. If the frames have only been on the hive a short time and the bees have only gotten the frames “dirty” and they haven’t really pulled out any wax to amount to much, then do I still need to put in the freezer?

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    Default Re: When to put frames in the freezer

    I don't bother to freeze empty white combs (even if fully drawn-out), as they don't appear to be attractive to wax-moths - I just stash them away 'as is'. But - if there are any remnants of brood or a few pollen cells - then I do freeze them.
    LJ
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    Default Re: When to put frames in the freezer

    Wax moths prefer brood comb. That's what they're after. However, I've had bad infestations where they just go after any comb. Rarely bare foundation....if ever that I can recall. You may just want to do it to be on the safe side. Just my own experience here....
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: When to put frames in the freezer

    I had some mini frames that I placed above a newly hived swarm. My intent was to have them drawn for queen breeding. After they were drawn I removed them to save for later. I neglected to spritz them with BT. Low and behold when I went to get them they were bare. Nothing but some silk and a whole bunch of black jimmies in the bottom of the box.

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    Default Re: When to put frames in the freezer

    What's a "black jimmie" ?
    LJ
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    Default Re: When to put frames in the freezer

    Quote Originally Posted by little_john View Post
    What's a "black jimmie" ?
    LJ
    Jimmies are the extruded multi colored candies that they put on Ice cream. Some may call them sprinkles, Wax moth larva excrement resembles them But is black.

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