Bt Spray for Wax Moths

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  1. jim314

    jim314 New Member

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    I extracted today and was wondering if now is the right time to spray the comb and frames before putting them back on the hive for the bees to clean up?
    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  2. G3farms

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    No, let the bees clean up the comb.

    If you are going to store the combs off of the hive them spray them, let it dry and then put away for the season.
     

  3. Marbees

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    I would let girls clean the frames first.
     
  4. jim314

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    Thanks guys. Is it alright to store them on the hives?
     
  5. Marbees

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    You may store them on the hives, but I found it impractical:roll:
    Once frames are dried and sprayed with BT I just stack them no more than five deeps high.
    Make sure mice can't enter, otherwise... you can imagine:wink:
     
  6. jim314

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    Thanks for the info Marbees, that's what I'll do.
     
  7. tommyt

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    I thought
    Wax moths only hit Brood comb
    Hive beetles in honey
     
  8. brooksbeefarm

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    Marbees,I'm curious as to not stack them more than 5 deeps high after spraying with Bt.?? I have stacked them 10 to 12 high with know problems after using Bt. Once in a while i will find where wax moth have started on a frame or two, but not enough to do much damage. Jack
     
  9. Marbees

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    No other reason than ease of manipulation, and wind factor. On the top of five deeps stack I put a cement block. Wind can blow really fast up here.:sad:
     
  10. brooksbeefarm

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    Thanks Marbees, i didn't know you were storing them outside. Jack
     
  11. Zulu

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    Nope, I can prove this is not true
     
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    Anyone heard from Sundance??? I've been trying to reach him to buy some Aizawai-Powder.
     
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    wax moth will even work on plain foundation, they will starve to death though since there is nothing for them to eat. They do very little damage to it but you can still see the silk tunnels.
     
  16. Iddee

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    DO NOT STORE ON HIVES IN SHB TERRITORY.

    An empty super of drawn comb on a hive is heaven to a few hundred SHB.
     
  17. jim314

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    Good point Iddee, I hadn't considered that.
     
  18. Tia

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    We have problems with SHB here, so before I store them, I freeze them for 48 hrs. Then I spray them, let them dry and store them. Beekeeping sure is getting to be a lot of work!