Wax Moth

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by stugger57, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. stugger57

    stugger57 New Member

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    I just moved my recently purchased Nuc box into my deep brood box and noticed wax moth larva crawling around. Needless to say I was bummed. Not a good way to start off a new hive. Research tells me to feed the bees, inspect often, and leave hive open to direct sunlight for two days. I'm assuming this means just opening hive top and leaving frames inside or does anyone have more info on this problem.
     
  2. camero7

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    If the bees are in the hive I wouldn't leave the top off!
     

  3. stugger57

    stugger57 New Member

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    I checked the hive today. I did not notice any more larva or webbing. The bottom board is clean so I'm hoping that the problem has gone away. I'll keep a close eye on it.
     
  4. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    Each time you open and inspect a hive, the colony takes a couple of days or so to get back to normal development. I like to have a good reason for opening a hive.

    You may find that your new bees are reluctant to move onto the old comb if the old comb has wax moth tunnels in it.
     
  5. stugger57

    stugger57 New Member

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    Yes this is true. Upon last inspection they seem to have established themselves and are doing fine with a bit of feeding hopes of building a strong hive.
     
  6. ApisBees

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    I am assuming the wax moth larva were in the deep box that you placed the nuc into. if this is the case the bees will take care of them. check any other equipment yo have for moth larva and freeze to kill if found.
     
  7. CROWEmtnFARMS

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    Do u have a pic of the webbing
     
  8. ApisBees

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    Was curious how did your bees make out after the wax moth infestation?
     
  10. stugger57

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    After scraping the bare frames and corners of the hive, also taking a very close look at the bottom board the bees were able to keep the larva at bay. The hive is doing great!