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I just bought out 6 hives and a bunch of equipment from the family of a beek who passed away 3 weeks ago.His wife had a super of honey that he had already pulled,but not extracted,in her basement.It was set on top of an empty super with some mothballs underneath.I know a lot of the old time beekeepers would stick mothballs under their stored frames to keep the wax moths out but had never seen anyone do it to a super of honey.My question is,will this air out in a couple of days or is the honey going to have some residual taste left in it? Its a whole deep full of honey so I really hope I can sell it but I dont want to sell anything that could cause potential problems for anyone.
 

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I wont even wear something that had mothballs in it,but the reason I am asking is that I know of 2 or 3 older beekeepers personally that still put mothballs in their equipment(drawn comb thats been extracted)when they have them stored.I ask one of them once if that would have any effect on the honey and he said that he sets his equipment out for a couple of days and the smell goes away.I just wondered if it permeates the wax or if it is just a scent that will dissapate.I would not extract it at the same time as the rest of my honey anyway.I've already pulled a couple of hundred pounds of honey off of the hives I bought so what little bit thats in this super wouldnt make a lot of difference.I dont even use chemicals to treat my bees so I'm a little funny about my honey already.Just wondering if I was too paranoid.
 

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Short direct answer - Nothing. The Naptha compounds will be absorbed by honey and I believe removing those odors is virtually impossible and not worth the bother. It is likely unhealthy to use the honey, I would not. I would pitch it. Mothballs are not to be used around wax and honey products.
 

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Don't forget that when we 'smell' something, it actually means that we are breathing in minute particles of that substance. The 'smell' on the wax comb is really particles of the toxic mothball chemicals settled into the wax. Consider the honey to have been fumigated. It's contaminated food.
Maybe if you really want to save it bad enough, you should keep it just for your own personal use. =8-o ;)
 

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Thanks for the answers guys.I was pretty sure that it would be in the honey too.I think I will just toss the whole super so it dont find its way back to my bees.I've seen people use the stuff but always thought it was a questionable practice.I got into all the bees and equipment cheap anyway so this super of honey is not really significant.
 
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