Beginnings of Wax Moth

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by stugger57, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. stugger57

    stugger57 New Member

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    I opened a fairly new hive yesterday, about 2 months old now, and noticed the beginnings of wax moth web in an upper corner. There was also a web ball on the bottom board with larvae inside. Lots of waste debris on the bottom board. I thoroughly cleaned and scraped the hive, I removed the unused 2 frames of drawn comb from the nuc, froze them, and left 2 frames of bare plastic backing next to the nice brood frames. I did not see signs of WM on the drawn brood frames. I think I will not replace the drawn frames and will add bare frames. With added attention will I be able to control this? The hive was weak at the start but has a new queen as of a week ago and she is laying nicely. What do you think?
     
  2. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    It is the hive's weakness that lead to the wax moths.
     

  3. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    Anticipate the needs of the hive and add space as needed. 1 frame of brood when emerged will provide bees to cover 2 frames. Capped brood will emerge over the next 12 days and eggs and open the following 9 days.