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I recently read that you can use Cedar Shavings to prevent wax moths. Fill your stored supers with cedar shavings between frames and store! Has anyone used this method and to what level of success. I live in Tennessee and have continually had wax moth issues.

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That sounds rather labor intensive, and not too EZ. (easy)
 

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Xentari: Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai
Available through Amazon. Easiest control I know.
 

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Cedar shavings do not work. Cedar helps a bit with moths drawn to wool only because it masks the smell of the wool but does not kill the moths. It will do nothing for wax moths. As Herbhome stated, Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai works very well. The Kurstaki strain also works very well (this is the one I personally use) and is easier to find in small quantities and is less expensive.

Paramoth can also work well but is temperature sensitive. When wax moth larvae becomes an issue, it is too cold in my area for the Paramoth to work properly.
 

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Paramoth you have to keep an eye on in case it all evaporates on you.BT stays there and you dont have to worry about it.You can mix some up in a square tub and dip whole frames with foundation plus boxes turned on side to prevent them from eating your wooden ware.Oh and some on tops and bottoms so the cant eat into them also.
 

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I freeze all my frames (even foundationless) after use and then BT Sprayed on or paramoth in stacked boxes or clear plastic tubs.
 

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I freeze all my frames (even foundationless) after use and then BT Sprayed on or paramoth in stacked boxes or clear plastic tubs.
^^ THIS ^^

I don't freeze frames after extraction though. I used Xentari until my super count got above 40. Now I use Paramoth so I don't have to remove and replace frames after honey extraction.
 

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I freeze all of our frames, 3 days, figure around 500 super frames now, the chest freezer holds around 60 at a time, some cycles and all are done. We do store ours in our basement. After freezing I put them back in supers, stack them up and cover the top one with door screening. Been doing this for years and have never had a wax moth issue.

Frames waiting to be done are kept in plastic tubs with a tight lid in case a wax moth is wandering around. The tubs hold around 20 frames.

I would use BT but don't want to spray frames that are used for honey production, no problem spraying brood frames.
 

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Anyone have an Amazon link for the right BT to use?
 

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I bought 2 bags of it from the link above. My honey super frames were treated and haven't had a single wax moth problem in the 2 months since it has been applied. I use 3 teaspoons per gallon and a gallon will treat about 80 frames.
I wish the manufacturer would put an expiration date on the packages.
 

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Eric, they do have a code on the package, but you have to decode it. There is a thread here about it from last year. I will post it if I can find it. J
 

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