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Old 11th August 2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Can anyone help me please. All my books and google searches say that you should add paradichlorobenzene crystals to the top of a stack of supers over winter to protect against wax moth. I have a hive that has been completely destroyed by wax moth (it was a very weak hive following an AS during the thunderstorms). I am keen to eradicate it as much as I can and to ensure that I don't introduce this monster to other healthy hives. But I don't know where to buy the crystals. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 11th August 2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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Old 11th August 2012, 08:44 PM   #3
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Chemicals are not necessary so I don't know where to get them. Buy a cheap chest freezer big enough to take a brood box. Before storing freeze box and frames, take out and store in black bin liner or sealed dark room.
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Thanks Enrico. I am thinking this might be the answer. The only trouble is that I live in a shoe box with a postage stamp size garden. Where to put the said chest freezer is a problem. I think I'll ask around some friends and see if they have garden space I can use.
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Old 11th August 2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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I haven't space for that, so may try Certan...
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Old 11th August 2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Certan works, but isn't cheap. This year I'm using 80% acetic acid to clear of wax moth and some other nasties.
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Can anyone help me please. All my books and google searches say that you should add paradichlorobenzene crystals to the top of a stack of supers over winter to protect against wax moth. I have a hive that has been completely destroyed by wax moth (it was a very weak hive following an AS during the thunderstorms). I am keen to eradicate it as much as I can and to ensure that I don't introduce this monster to other healthy hives. But I don't know where to buy the crystals. Any ideas? Thanks.
I'm not comfortable with using too many chemicals, and I understand that wax moth will be killed if frames are frozen for a couple of days. Could you put them in your freezer in batches?

failing that, is it necessary to keep the drawn frames until next year? Would it be feasible to melt them down and carefully clean the frames, then re-wax for the spring?
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Old 12th August 2012, 07:39 AM   #8
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You could try sulphur strip burner, easy to use and cheap. Use them for storing your boxes of frames, not for use in a live hive!
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Old 12th August 2012, 09:16 AM   #9
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I've just bought a chest freezer to store mine in - I'm not having all that wax moth mess again
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I've been using Certan for the past few years. It works well.
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