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I understand that freezing will kill larvae and eggs

How long does a frame and foundation need to be frozen for the larvae and eggs to be killed

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As long as you can? I freeze mine and normally it is for about a week. That's mostly because I have other things going on and don't get back to the freezer right away.

I've also read on here where some (M. Palmer? But I could be wrong) don't believe it kills the eggs.
 

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I freeze for 72 hrs. minimum and then I leave in an open storage box in my house until they come to room temp. I then store the frames (4 months or until needed) in a plastic storage bin, again in my house, and I've never had wax moth or hive beetle worms. I use Sterilite 64qt. latching box 23 3/4L x 16W x 13 1/2H. If you invert every other frame you can store quite a few in one box. I also store my super frames at the end of the season the same way. I just let the bees dry the extracted frames before I pull them and freeze them.
 

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Some freezers run at a much lower temperature than others. I suspect that freezing failures regarding killing eggs are as a result of the freezer used not being cold enough.

I insert for a minimum of 48hrs - a longer period certainly wouldn't hurt.
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Thanks for the replies

I'm gonna try the freezer--Not much to lose I reckon

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Nothing to lose, but spraying with BT is more reliable. Store in open air with plenty of light or sealed bin. Keep in freezer if you have the room. J
 
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