JW, last year I was given a few supers & frames with comb that were stored (for a few weeks) with moth balls. I hesitated to use them because I could still sniff a slight odor in the boxes. I thought I'd give them a year to air out, but after your statement above, I'm wondering if airing them for an extended time will allow me to use them at all. Any advise would be appreciated.Jim, cedar does not control wax moths according Michael Bush and others. If it did, supers made of cedar would be all the rage.
Please note that moth balls and moth crystals are not the same thing. Moth balls are napthalene and moth crystals are p-dichlorobenzine. Moth BALLS will kill your bees.
I build all my own boxes and swarm traps out of cedar. Bees like it. Swarms will cluster in cedar (juniper) trees and will move into hollows in cedar trees. Wax moths will eat and tunnel in cedar boxes. I don’t have problems with wax moths in stored frames and boxes as long as the frames are kept dry and exposed to light.JW- Thanks for the clarification. Price of boxes has gone up bad enough with the buy outs I probably could not buy cedar but it it keeps moths and such out I wonder if the bees would like the smell either?
Learn something new every day. Ok, I have been under the misunderstanding that PDB did not come in ball form. Clearly it does. However, one must read the ingredients to make sure you are getting Para moth balls, and not the old fashioned napthalene ones. Why do companies make two items that look the same and have the same name but are totally different. Take the new BK " Impossible Whopper" for example...JWpalmer if you hunt you can find moth balls with p ingredients. Mostly at small hardware stores.