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Polyanwood 

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Is it safe to use moth balls to keep supers free from wax moth??

Bought them in the ?1 shop. They are 99.6% paradichlorobezene. I thought that was what Ted Hooper recommended?

They don't smell that nice. Will the honey smell of PDCB???

Should I use them?
 

ian 

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Hi

The use of moth balls and pdb crystals was common, they are now however illegal and i think do leave residues in wax.



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Aaagghhh. I don't think so - it will stink the hive out:ack2: - and your wax--and your honey. I tried it once- couldn't get rid of the smell :svengo:- had to start again- But I was sold it from the bee farm shop....2 years ago.

I control the wax moth with carefully stacking all boxes and then totally covering with towels to seal any entrance. Any I am not sure of I put into a chest freezer for a week. Keep it natural :cheers2:
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Hi

How big a gap does a wax moth need to get in through?

Is there a season for them?

With the cold weather recently (-3 max) will that have killed thim off?

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I have stacked the supers with no gaps. That might keep them out.

I might put a few moth balls in the shed to discourage the moths, but not in the supers themselves I was surprised to see moth balls with that active ingredient. Maybe it hasn't been banned or maybe because Peckham feels a bit like the wild west you can buy more of less anything there.

There were huge African land snails alive in a box for sale to eat this morning.
 

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PDB crystals used to be the standard weapon for wax moth control in stored supers. Cold weather certainly won't be adequate protection
 

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Stacking supers without gaps or sealing them is no help if wax moth eggs are alpeady on the frames and in the cracks in the supers
 

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Hi Blossom

I see you live in Somerset, do I know you?

Regards;
 

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No idea, I'm at Cannington. How about you
 

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My apologies, you are not the person whom I thought you might bee.
Welcome to the forum and the fantastic world of beekeeping.

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Blossom has lots of knowledge about wax moth.

The insides of the hives he has given me are full of indents from where the cocoons have been.

:biggrinjester::biggrinjester:

Still I remember all the talk about gift horses and mouths so I'll shut up now

:grouphug:

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No apology needed Bcrazy. The first sentence of your post was almost exactly what my x-wife said to me more than once!
 

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