We are in Adelaide, South Australia. Just did a night time inspection of our flow hive last night- just looking through the two ‘windows’ of the super. Bees were active in the warm night- but slow moving. Many bees on the flow frames- and quite a few bees lazing about near the hive entrance. I had heard that inspecting a hive at night was a bad idea- but just checking through the windows with a suppressed light didn’t aggravate the bees at all.
Took out the baseboard to check- and horror! Disgusting ugly wax moths! Saw several small grey moths- look juts like the ones that make weevils in your cupboard. Also at least a dozen larvae wriggling about: Yuck! Horrid little beasties- some around 1.6mm long. Murdered them all- Cleaned the board up and put it back in- we have it in the bottom slot. Should we put it into the top slot?
Did a bit of reading today and it seems moths are mostly only a problem in a weakened/stressed hive or when storing bee equipment/comb. All indications are that our hive is strong- the bees population has increased greatly in the 4 months they have been in the new hive. At last brood inspection there was not sign of any damage infestation on the combs. They have half filled the super in the 6 weeks since we put it on. The weather has been good here in Adelaide…
Would it be fair to say that it is perfectly normal to see some evidence of wax moth on the baseboard? Thatit’s kind of inevitable? How concerned should we be? We will probably inspect the brood box presently to see if there is any evidence of moths on the comb.
I read about a home remedy moth trap- anyone have any experience with something like this:
Take a 2 litre plastic pop bottle and drill a 1 inch hole just below
the slope on the neck, then add 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 half cup
vinegar and finally 1 banana peel. Wait a few days till it starts to
ferment, then tie it into a tree close to the hives. This trap will
draw the wax moth, they enter the hole can’t get out and drown in the
liquid, this will even draw in and kill the bald faced hornet.