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Winter storage/ wax moth?


#1

As I think about storing my flow frames for the winter, do I need to worry about wax moth in the small amount of wax present on the flow frames?


#2

Not if they are wet and well sealed. Leave them in the flow super topped and bottomed with a solid crown board


#3

They’re empty frames. I have to bring them in to avoid freezing, I just wasn’t sure if moths would lay eggs in the tiny amount of wax that covered the plastic flow frames.
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#4

Probably not. There is nothing much for them to eat. Moth larvae like cocoons


#5

Do NOT avoid freezing. That’s what kills the wax moths. Leave them outside where they will freeze.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beeswaxmoths.htm
http://www.bushfarms.com/beespests.htm#waxmoths


#6

flow frames too? i took them off the hive because of the recommendation to
avoid freezing them. i was gonna keep them in a fairly well insulated barn
that will get down to the low 40s and maybe lower, but likely won’t freeze
super hard. if i left them on the hive, it would get into the teens mostly
and occasionally single digits.


#7

I would take them off the hive to avoid freezing the bees, not to avoid freezing the frames. :smile:


#8

Yes, flow frames too. You want to kill the wax moths. Freezing will not harm them.