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My bees haven't been doing well. I've had hives abscond on me, and I have beehives who are quite low on sugar, they have supers that are entirely empty and here in Australia, we are going into winter (though we have warm winters here). I believe I'm going to have to feed my bees sugar for them to survive, but then I'm concerned if I do so, perhaps at a later time I might end up extracting cane sugar syrup at a later year without realising. I figure because of this, I'll have to remove the empty supers from the beehives, before feeding them sugar.

But then I've got the problem, what do I do with the frames? I've had a number of wax moth infestations when I've stored supers. They must have eggs left on the frames and then my whole shed becomes infested with them creating quite a problem for me.

Do I just need to buy myself a freezer that's big enough where I can freeze my frames? I'm a bit sure with how to properly store and manage my inventory for this upcoming winter.
 

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Can you obtain Paramoth from a bee store? That's what I use now for storing my supers over winter. I have no wax moth issues. I have used Xentari in the past. But it is more work once you get to 20+ supers.
 

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Freezing is great if you've got space. As Spur9 said, Paramoth is another way to do it without having to buy a big freezer just to keep frames. I also use an open storage rack that is surprisingly effective. I used to think I was just about the only person using this open storage method, but lately I've seen some other folks posting pictures of similar setups.

I did a short video showing these three methods a couple years ago: https://youtu.be/c1rS7eAmhvM

At the end of that video there's a link to another video that can walk you through the process of building an open storage rack.
 

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Spray stored frames with Bt azawai ...trade name XenTari. It comes as a powder and is mixed with water. Spray comb, frames ... let dry.
 

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I have gone back to paramoth. Be sure to check and add more as needed if you go that route. I have used XenTari with good luck before.This past winter I lost nearly all of my stored honey supers to moths. I sprayed them as usual in the fall. The Xentari was bought in 2018 and was stored in a cool dark location.
 

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Spray stored frames with Bt azawai ...trade name XenTari. It comes as a powder and is mixed with water. Spray comb, frames ... let dry.
I'm trying to decide on a source for Xentari. The shipping cost (within the U.S.) seems high. Where do you get yours?
 

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I have gone back to paramoth. Be sure to check and add more as needed if you go that route. I have used XenTari with good luck before.This past winter I lost nearly all of my stored honey supers to moths. I sprayed them as usual in the fall. The Xentari was bought in 2018 and was stored in a cool dark location.
That is terrible news. I wonder if the expiration date of the XenTari was an issue
 

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But then I've got the problem, what do I do with the frames? I've had a number of wax moth infestations when I've stored supers. They must have eggs left on the frames and then my whole shed becomes infested with them creating quite a problem for me.

Do I just need to buy myself a freezer that's big enough where I can freeze my frames? I'm a bit sure with how to properly store and manage my inventory for this upcoming winter.
Up until last year I was an advocate of freezing followed by tight storage. Then I heard about continuous exposure to light, and so trialed 50-60 drawn frames hanging up in the roof-space of a greenhouse spaced well apart during the Autumn (Fall), Winter and Spring period - result: zero wax-moth. But I had no idea exactly how much light was really necessary - that is, until I saw this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMg07FaVDas Seems I've been over-egging the pudding a bit :)

That video is certainly worth watching.
LJ
 

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I freeze all mine then store the ones that have brood cocoons/pollen bits in them with Paramoth, then the empty ones I just stack up in the light. I dye all my sugar syrup blue, so you know it's not honey later on.
 
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