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Hey at the Forum,

I'm new to beekeeping, really dumb, need help.
I had a good hive but it became infested with Wax Moths and died out. I cleaned all the drawn out comb out, removed all the cacoons, scraped all the wax from hive. The foundation is black plastic and coated. Can I use the frames without replacing the foundation? Can I reuse the hive body on another hive?

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Jim Jenkins
 

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Re: Use of frames and foundation and hive body after cleanin

I first would ask myself why it died of wax moth. wax moth make a mess but almost always they are secondary to the reason a hive perishes.

with airing and exposure to UV light almost all equipment is capable of being reused. you are always taking some small chance in using used equipment.

I would have cleaned up the mess just like yourself and if I didn't see anything in the clean up that alarmed me would have routinely used it again.
 

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Re: Use of frames and foundation and hive body after cleanin

I do the same thing, scrap out all of the messed up comb and clean up the frames by just scraping them fairly clean, scrap the boxes clean and set them out in the sun. New foundation if the comb is too far gone. If you catch it quick enough before to much damage is done, toss them into the freezer for a day or so, that will kill the wax moth worms and the bees will clean up the rest.
 

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Re: Use of frames and foundation and hive body after cleanin

Wax moths, as bad as they are, are not a disease that is infectious and can re-infect a hive. (They can come in again if the hive isn't managed properly, but that isn't the fault of the equipment.)
In short, once the wax moth's larvae and cocoons are cleaned out and the mess they made is eliminated, there's no good reason why not to use the equipment again. :-D
 

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efmesch said:
but that isn't the fault of the equipment.
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I take that back---if the supers don't sit well and have spaces that allow those sneaky wax moths to enter the hive, than infestation can be the result of damaged equipment.
Make sure your supers sit well and don't have damaged edges. :oops:
 

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Re: Use of frames and foundation and hive body after cleanin

I have used duct tape to seal up a damaged, rotten edge or corner of a super to keep out the pest or cold air in the winter.
 

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Jim Jenkins said:
Hey at the Forum,

I'm new to beekeeping, really dumb, need help.
Jim,
1. If you're into beekeeping, you're not dumb.
2. Don't knock yourself.
3. We all need help at times.
Glad you're with us--in time you'll be giving us GOOD advice. :drinks:
 

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Re: Use of frames and foundation and hive body after cleanin

:goodpost:

if there had bee a smilie for excellent post I would have posted that instead.
 

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Re: Use of frames and foundation and hive body after cleanin

Thanks Tec--but it really needed to be said.
 
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