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    Question what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Sometimes I've stored honeycomb frames (w/o mothballs) that looked pristine, only to find later they were moth-maggot-laden and ruined . This fall, I stored a group of comb-frames and placed mothballs in the plastic storage bin with them. No moths or maggots seen since then.

    Now, I'm wondering: can I air out the frames of comb for several days (it's to be below 40 or so during the day and in the 20's at night, for 3-4 days to come), seal them in the bin again, and use in hives in spring or late winter? I don't know if the benzene from the moth balls will linger in the wax and/or honey, and don't wanna contaminate any hive the frames'd go back into.

    Thx much for any ideas/advice on this.

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    Default Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Mothballs with naphthalene, or moth crystals of paradichlorobenzene?

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    Only use moth balls with paradichlorobenzene as a ingredient. You can just air them out. I set them in my stacks of boxes in the fall and by spring they are gone. By the time moth get to laying again they are back on the hives. Northwest Ohio.

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    Default Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    I've done the same as MY-smokepole, with the same success.
    Lloyd Spear

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    Default Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Mothballs with naphthalene, or moth crystals of paradichlorobenzene?
    Para-, Michael ....

    Mitch

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    I continually replenish the moth crystals as needed once they shrink to nothing, until I’m ready to put them back onto my hives. I usually air them out for a day before I put them on the hive. Hope this helps!

    Ryan

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    Question Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nelsonhoneyfarms View Post
    I continually replenish the moth crystals as needed once they shrink to nothing, until Iím ready to put them back onto my hives. I usually air them out for a day before I put them on the hive. Hope this helps!

    Ryan
    Thx, Ryan -- so, you haven't seen any negative consequences arise from putting previously-mothballed-treated frames into a hive?

    Mitch

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    Default Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Para di cloro benzene airs out. If your storage area drops below freezing, you only need to apply enough to get from extracting to "chilly" temps when the moths do not fly. Doing so, it does not show up in our lab tests of the wax.

    Crazy Roland

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlanden View Post

    Thx, Ryan -- so, you haven't seen any negative consequences arise from putting previously-mothballed-treated frames into a hive?

    Mitch
    No problem. Just so there’s no confusion, I’ve not treated stored supers with moth balls, just moth crystals, which I think is what you are talking about from your previous comments. No, I’ve not seen negatives from using the crystals (paradichlorobenzene).

    Also, although many folks do seal them, I can’t comment on sealing them. I stack them 3 high with the crystals on an index card (or my old water bill lol) on top of every third super:

    Board or top cover
    Moth crystals
    Index card
    Super
    Super
    Super
    Moth crystals
    Index card
    Super
    Super
    Super
    Flat floor


    Ryan
    Last edited by Nelsonhoneyfarms; 01-22-2020 at 10:03 AM.

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