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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I finally was [physically] able to do a thorough inspection of my weak hive -- bad stuff. I knew when I saw webbing on lots of frames that it was big trouble. Both deeps' wax looked brown/dead/dried, and when I scraped the stuff -- tons of lousy grubs/worms. Cocoons, too. Wax moths. Didn't see...
  2. Bee Forum
    Let's start from the beginning. I picked up a package early April. Every thing was going great, the bees were drawing out comb fast enough that by May I had already added the second brood box. That's when things went bad. I lost my queen, for reasons unknown, at the end of May. One of the...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I am a new beekeeper, so new that I don't even have bees yet. (They will be here in a couple of weeks.) Meanwhile I have two large hive boxes and two medium supers, 10 frames apiece, with wax coated plastic foundation. In reading about wax moths, I discovered that the wax moths can infest...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    Ughhh. Pulled supers a month ago and had NO time to extract. Wrapped them up in garbage bags and went to extract today and loads of creepy crawlies and webbing. Is all my honey ruined? I know how to get rid of them to store the frames for winter, but this was the first year with significant...
  5. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Saw a YouTube video yesterday from the UF Beekeeping Extension Program suggesting the use of beneficial nematodes as a way to prevent hive beetle infestation. Those little buggers are the Bain of my hives (wax moths too) especially with the heat this time of year... Anyone had any...
  6. Diseases and Pests
    I harvested 5 supers in August and have finally had a chance to extract. I discovered a pretty terrible wax moth infestation. I have a few questions: 1) what are the small red bits I see everywhere? 2) what is this glue-like stuff I'm discovering occasionally? It's almost like hot glue gun...
  7. Welcome Forum
    As a former beekeeper, I would like to contribute to this site. I remember one year producing 160,000 pounds of honey from 500 colonies of bees. I was thrown into beekeeping due to unforeseen circumstances. I had to learn quickly about foul brood, wax moths, chalk brood, tracheal mites, and...
  8. Bee Forum
    Usually I can find answers to my questions in old posts but not this time. I have one strong hive. I started another but it went queenless right away, not sure why. I fed the bees, sang them lullabies (well, almost) and ordered a new queen. But by the time she arrived and came out of her...
  9. Diseases and Pests
    To a hobbyist I recommed to use a large plastic barrel. They are cheap, less than $15, and hold 10 Deep frames and 20 Medium frames at one time. By closing up the lid you keep out the wax moths, and other pests and you have easy access to frames as you need them, or as you need to apply more...
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    It was really warm today, so I peeked to make sure everything was going well. Maybe I Screwed up... Last month, as the weather started to get cooler I did a 'last' inspection, and moved some comb to accommodate my feeder. There were empty combs upfront, so took them out (maybe 3 or 4 at...
  11. Diseases and Pests
    I have a minimal infestation of wax moths here in Vermont. I mean minimal, caught it just as it was getting started. Not used to them this far North in any great numbers but we have had very warm summer. All my outdoor hives (6) are very healthy and active but in two of them the moths...
  12. Bee Forum
    I am failry new to bee keeping about 1 full year now.I have 30 hives and anticipating honey harvesting after the brazillian peppers bloom.I am thinking ahead about the need to store drawn comb and allready know wax moths are in my area and have allready destroyed the few frames of drawn comb I...
  13. Diseases and Pests
    I had a spare super in my garage that I found was hit by wax moths. A few weeks ago, I took the frames and spread them out along the side of my house. Not in the direct sun, but certainly light and in the mid 80s every day. My question is this: * Since there is no longer any sign of larvae...
  14. Diseases and Pests
    Hi All, I am in Vermont, have 6 colonies, all thriving this year. Just checked them today and there are a few small larvae/caterpillar type worms on the top bars of some of the frames in two of the hives. I have never encountered them before. There are also some very small black droppings on...
  15. Equipment/Hardware
    Hey guys. Brand new to this site. Practically brand new to beekeeping... My best friend was a beekeeper and he was going to start teaching me this spring...I didn't get that chance because the end of january he found out he had leukemia and then he passed on valentines day. He left me all his...
  16. Diseases and Pests
    Has anyone ever experimented with ceder in the hive to see what this does for wax moths? I have my own saw mill and roughly 500 board feet of cedar and was wondering what this would do for wax moths. I was thinking maybe cedar entrances of maybe making a few cedar frames or something but first I...
  17. Bee Forum
    Do they hibernate or die? If so at what temperature does that happen?
  18. Beekeeping 101
    Sorry for asking so many rookie questions, your help is very much appreciated. Following you guy's advice, I have been able to save two of my four hives that were failing and strengthen the other two. 1. Is it reasonable to take two frames of brood one new frame and establish a brood nest to...
  19. Diseases and Pests
    First, I have to thank Bejay from chat for helping me get a handle on my little disaster. The only bee left in my hive was the queen, and she took off after I opened it. But the comb was far from wiped out, even though I harvested about half a gallon of wax moth larvae and pupae to feed my...
  20. Diseases and Pests
    I have an awesome indoor observation hive i built and populated with 7 bars from a top bar hive that wasn't going to make it over winter. Unfortunately the comb has wax moths and it's getting nasty in there and i want the ladies to survive over winter. I have two extra good sized combs in...
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