Purchase Inoz moth crystals (the blue can) at Walmart or Family Dollar (usually in the household item near the ironing boards. Stack up four or five supers and seal them. Place a couple of spoon fulls on top and seal the top. when you are ready to use them in the spring unseal them and allow them to air out. Otherwise you can freeze them before placing them in the tub to kill any moths, larva or eggs and then seal the tub and you'll be fine.
Moth crystals (paradichlorobenzene), are carcinogenic (cause cancer). I prefer Bacillus thuringiensis variety aizawai; produced by Vita Europe, and sold by Beeworks as B 401, and formerly Certan. A similar product, XenTari, is also available for use in the U.S.A. to control pesky moth/butterfly larva that affect some garden/farm crops.
Freeze for 24 hours to kill the eggs and larva and then stack on the diagonal to allow as much light in the frames as possible. The moths do not like light.
As for me I have a large chest freezer and I will just leave my frames in the freezer but as I outgrow my freezer space I will freeze each frame for at least 24 hours and store inside. I do not want anything to do with those chemicals if I can avoid it.
How is that Augusta summer. I lived my first 24 years there and I remember some awful summers. South Augusta and Hephzibah. Spent a lot of time at Clark Hill lake.
Ravenseye wrote about spraying frames with BT. I recently ordered a small package and I wondered if anyone knows the amount I use for about a quart of water?
I don't have that many frames but have already experienced wax moth problems--no freeze here in sw fla to store empty frames. I won't be able to store in light either and that's why I opted for the BT. The frames have been cleaned out by bees and I'm ready to spray and store, if anyone can tell me how to make the solution. It came in a dry package with warning to use protective clothing while using. Thanks!
I don't know if you are spraying enough or not. The BT doesn't work like a pesticide where it kills the moths (don't think it does anything to the moths) or larva immediately. The larva hatch, they eat a little bit of comb with the bt on it and then the bt I believe makes it where they can't digest stuff and they starve. They die pretty quick so damage is very limited.
So far all my drawn comb is still in my daughter's freezer. I have a funny feeling I'm going to need a freezer. I finally got her to pick that up in JULY 2011... Darn thing sat empty in my garage for 6 years.
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