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I have a dead out with moderately damaged comb from wax moths. I froze the frames for 3 days and then used tweezers to remove the wax moth larvae and as much of the webbing and cocoons as I could. But of course there was only so much I could do. Can I put the frames in the brood area and will the bees clean up moderately damaged comb? Will the bees get trapped in some of the fine strands of webbing that I was not able to remove? Or should I save the frames to use in swarm traps next year or will it repell swarms?
 

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Bees will rebuild comb, if there are enough bees, and if there is enough carbohydrate coming into the hive.

IE, sounds like you have sufficiently cleaned the combs which will save the bees the work. If you are currently in a dearth, put the combs in an area where there are plenty of bees, feed the bees liberally, and they will fill in those gaps in the combs. If they do not have nectar or sugar coming in, they will not waste stores building new comb.

But bear in mind, in a typical hive using comb foundation, the hive feels like they are short on drone cells. So if you are placing wax moth eaten plastic foundation, the bees will most likely follow the template and build worker cells. But if you are placing eaten out wax foundation, the bees will most likely fill the gaps with drone foundation.

A way to get eaten out wax foundation replaced with worker sized cells, is to put it in a weak nuc. The nuc needs all the workers it can get and does not feel it can afford the luxury of drones, so will fill the gaps with worker sized cells.
 

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Don't worry about the bees having difficulty with wax moth residue - they've been dealing with this sort of thing for a very long time ...

Assuming that we're talking about wax (i.e. non-plastic) combs here - do bear in mind that repairing comb involves a different procedure that drawing-out new comb, in that the bees are now standing on the comb itself whilst working, rather than hanging down in loops. What this means is that sometimes the bees get 'snookered' should they encounter a bee-space (of their own making) upon the comb face - and so they leave a hole there. Holes in the comb don't bother the bees any, but they may look a little 'untidy' to the beekeeper. :)
LJ
 

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......then used tweezers to remove the wax moth larvae and as much of the webbing and cocoons as I could. .......
Next time don't waste your time doing this - this is bee work, not yours.
They will do it much more efficiently and a better job than you ever could.
Save the time so you can read the Beesource, what not.
:)
 

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Wax moths are nature's way of cleaning out deadouts and abandoned hives in the wild. A good, strong colony will clean up the comb in no time.

That said, I just can't stand putting all that nasty stuff into a hive. I usually just scrape off the affected area before I give it to the bees.
 

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They will do most of the cleanup themselves but I like to pull the majority of the webbing off first and not put badly damaged combs side by side. Also, bees will not clean out the cocoons that form between the end bars and box, those you must scrape out by hand.
 

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I tap the damaged frames on something. Loose, powdery fragments with cocoons and webbing will pop out and off and I pull those by hand. If the balance of the comb is in reasonably good shape it goes into the hive for the bees to take care of. Otherwise, I put fresh foundation in.
 

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You cited that you froze the frames; was this to kill off the moths? From bitter experiences -- and what all the old-time beeks tell me -- cold doesn't bother moth eggs at all. I've frozen [for a month or more] and scrubbed frames that'd been infested with moths, and ... voila! Lots of moths, cocoons, etc coming back. Paradiclorobenzene seems like the way to go (although I loathe the idea of using chemical treatments), but it's something you can consider.

Re: the dead moth maggots (not ones treated with PDB): they're a real treat for the birds. I toss the frozen moth and SHB maggots onto my driveway in the a.m., and .... the birds have a field day.
 
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