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We have a bee hive that has some wax worm webbing in the frames of the top and middle super. We put them in the freezer after getting the bees off of them. What should we do? We were going to put one back on the hive when we take them out of the freezer.(after they thaw out) We were going to harvest the honey in the top box, is that safe to eat?
 

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Honey will be fine. Wax moths do not target honey. They target brood cocoons on the darker frames.

If you are seeing webbing in your hive, you may have too much space for your bee population to fully guard. If that is the case, remove a super to cut down on the real estate they have to protect.

Also, it is that time to start thinking about treating for mites as soon as you get that honey off. Parasitic Mite Syndrome could be causing low populations. I would do a full hive inspection, make sure you are queenright and do not have any obvious signs of PMS.
 

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Thank you, we had a swarm from the hive and didn't think about taking a super off. Bee keeping is still a learning process for us. Wife planted some mint in front of the hives this morning that she got from her dad. Also made some traps.
 

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Wax moths are often found in failing hives. Make sure that you hive is queenright and in good condition.
Is there a purpose for the mint that your wife planted?
What sort of traps are you referring to?
Do you have a varroa mite management strategy?
 

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She read somewhere that mint repelled wax moths. The traps are a gallon jug with a cup of sugar, vinegar, water and a banana peel in it. Cut a 1 inch hole below the top. We have two hives beside that one that was a swarm from it and another hive that are doing real good. Have never treated for varroa mite. We just took the two supers out of the freezer. The top box was empty comb. The middle box had brood comb and capped honey with several worms in it. We are just going to feed it to the bees. This was the original hive that we started with. I hope we don't lose it. We should have pulled the top box after the swarm. Does brood comb in the honey mean the queen is bad?
 

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She read somewhere that mint repelled wax moths. The traps are a gallon jug with a cup of sugar, vinegar, water and a banana peel in it. Cut a 1 inch hole below the top. We have two hives beside that one that was a swarm from it and another hive that are doing real good. Have never treated for varroa mite. We just took the two supers out of the freezer. The top box was empty comb. The middle box had brood comb and capped honey with several worms in it. We are just going to feed it to the bees. This was the original hive that we started with. I hope we don't lose it. We should have pulled the top box after the swarm. Does brood comb in the honey mean the queen is bad?
It is actually a shame you killed some brood over few worms.
That brood was badly needed in the run down hive.

You simple need to reduce the volume of the hive some (take some boxes off as was suggested) and don't worry about it.
Brood and honey on the same frame is totally normal.

Doing the mint and traps will not solve your problems.
Sizing the hive appropriately for the colony size - will.
 

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I think that you really need a local, experienced beekeeping mentor.
 

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Didn't kill any brood. There was brood comb there but it was, is empty. I agree that we need an experienced beekeeping mentor. We wanted to take classes but the closest place is two hours away, and we both still work a job. We have very slow internet so online classes is not possible. The local power company is getting into the internet business so maybe next year.
 

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She read somewhere that mint repelled wax moths. The traps are a gallon jug with a cup of sugar, vinegar, water and a banana peel in it. Cut a 1 inch hole below the top. We have two hives beside that one that was a swarm from it and another hive that are doing real good. Have never treated for varroa mite. We just took the two supers out of the freezer. The top box was empty comb. The middle box had brood comb and capped honey with several worms in it. We are just going to feed it to the bees. This was the original hive that we started with. I hope we don't lose it. We should have pulled the top box after the swarm. Does brood comb in the honey mean the queen is bad?
You said nothing about whether the hive is queenright. You need to look for eggs. If you are having wax moths moving in, chances are you are queenless or well on the way to being queenless. Get into the hive ASAP and determine what is happening and correct it.
 

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The hive does not have queen. We reduced the hive and are feeding. Fingers crossed. Thanks for all the help. Hopefully we will get this sorted out and learn how to do this the right way.
 
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