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Forum topic by Alster posted 08-02-2011 09:20 PM 1113 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alster

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08-02-2011 09:20 PM

to wax moths. Been a month since I opened the hive. In that time, wax moths have established themselves and taken over. Nothing left to do but wait. This makes me indescribably sad.

sigh


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Gary

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 09:27 PM

Wait for what?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 09:33 PM

There’s very little room left for brood. The bees that are left will only live a few more weeks, and with no room to replace them, the hive will die.

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 09:40 PM

Didn’t even know there was such a thing. Sorry about losing all your ‘buddies.’

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 08-03-2011 12:31 AM

At least you know what happened I went one week and everything in the yard was fine three weeks later there was not a bee in any of the 7 hives, not alive not dead, just gone. CCD.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 05:47 PM

Sorry for your losses …I also never knew about the wax moths .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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SASmith

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 06:10 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss. I have yet to have an infestation were reducing the number of combs/hive bodies did not solve the problem.
Here is more info on waxmoths for those interested http://www.bushfarms.com/beeswaxmoths.htm

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 08-14-2011 06:23 PM

Great info at the Bush link…thank you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 08-15-2011 10:38 PM

Oh man, that’s terrible. I got a droopy-limb feeling when I read this. I must be feeling your pain. Nature’s miracles have a way of really tugging at the emotional strings. I’m sorry to hear this.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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SASmith

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#9 posted 08-16-2011 12:16 AM

Dusty56: http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm is one of the best sites on beekeeping. http://www.beesource.com/forums/index.php is one of the best forums.

cr1: imo the best way to handle wax moths (small hive beetles also) is to make sure that there are enough bees to cover/patrol the combs. Reducing the number of combs/boxes if necessary.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 08:17 AM

Hey! Pick Yourself Up! Dust yourself Off! Start all over again! – thanks to Frank Sinatra for this wonderful piece of advice I have always found helpful.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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