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Protecting your Equipment/Colonies from Wax Moth

  • The wax moth is a very destructive pest in your beehive.
  • Female wax moths fly at night, laying masses of eggs in cracks between hive bodies and other crevices or in unprotected comb.
  • In less than a month, the number of eggs laid by an individual female can vary from 300 to more than a 1000.
  • In 3-5 days, the eggs hatch into tiny larvae which feed on nectar, honey, pollen or beeswax. As they grow, they destroy the comb by feeding on cocoons and beeswax.
  • Wax moth will destroy the comb and your woodenware by covering your frames with a silken web.
  • A strong honey bee colony is capable of controlling invading waxmoth by discouraging adults from entering and removing any larvae.In a weaker colony, the bees tend to ignore the waxmoth infestation as their efforts are concentrated on their own well-being.

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