Wax moth....now?

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by Eddy Honey, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    The last week has been in the 60's here in NJ.
    The last 2 days I've found a dead moth at the hive entrance.
    Since cold weather is forcast to be approaching here in the next few days should I just let the bees handle this? Do the moths mature and mate in freezing weather? I was hoping that with the warm weather the bees are active and taking the opportunity to do some pest control.
    I had closed up my hives for the season and didn't want to disturb all the propolis work and other home improvements the bees may have made.

    Thanks!
     
  2. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Moths don't mate in freezing weather. If your hive is strong they will protect it from wax moths, and by you finding dead moths on the landing board,i'm thinking they are doing there job. Good luck. Jack
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    If the moths take over now, it is because the colony was too weak to make it through the winter, anyway.
    There's no reason to break their seal and maybe harm a strong hive.