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Strange creatures found onto old frames

  • 24 Jan 2017 11:58 PM
    Message # 4565838

    I have left aside, in a dark cool spot, 8 fully drawn frames with very little pollen and honey on them. After 5 months I checked them today, and I observed a few (1-2) small moth type creatures. I also found small brown and white eggs in the cells that had little pollen or honey left inside them. They looked like bakers yeast grains.

    I am talking about 10 infected cells onto an entire frame. It is really little.

    What should I do with these frames? Will the bees deal with these intruders?

    I am thinking to rip the foundation off, place them in freezer for a few days, put new foundation and then use them. Or what else? 

  • 25 Jan 2017 8:30 AM
    Reply # 4566765 on 4565838
    Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Those sound very much like wax moths which will destroy your combs if left to their evil ways.

    Without delay, put the frames into the freezer for 24h.  No need to remove the wax, in fact this is what you are trying to save - drawn comb is an important resource.  Freezing will kill all the eggs/larvae/adult moths and you can then safely keep the frames.

    Generally wax moths will leave undrawn foundation alone as it is the cocoons from pupation that forms their major food source.

    Last modified: 25 Jan 2017 9:32 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)
  • 25 Jan 2017 10:02 PM
    Reply # 4567632 on 4565838

    i put three or four frames in a large plastic bag and then into the freezer.  When I take them out I tightly secure the bag with duct tape and only open the bag when I need the frames.  If stickies aren't going to be reused within a few days, they all go through the freezer and end up in being stored until the next season. 

  • 25 Jan 2017 10:06 PM
    Reply # 4567636 on 4567632
    Keith wrote:

    i wrap three or four frames in a large plastic. These then and put imto the kitchen freezer.  When I take them out I tightly secure the bag with duct tape and only re-open the bag when I need the frames.  

  • 28 Feb 2017 10:05 PM
    Reply # 4639058 on 4565838

    Thanks for the previous posts for storage of frames and treatment of frames infected with wax moth.  I have two hives at home which I have been checking. One hive has had a small wax moth attack which I am monitoring. So far the bees and comb are ok as far as I can tell. But a third hive I checked last weekend located elsewhere was full of wax moth and bees had abandoned the hive. Apart from cleaning up the frames, removing the lavae and freezing the frames what else can be done to treat the problem of wax moths? The earlier posts mentioned the storage of frames, so what about frames in use? Apart from having a strong hive what else can deter wax moth? Thanks for any advice.

  • 03 Mar 2017 9:16 PM
    Reply # 4645361 on 4565838
    Keith Harvey

    This link will take you to the NSW ag dept fact sheet.  There isn't much good news here:

     though: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/176284/wax-moth.pdf

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