Received bad advice used moth balls

taylor810(Z6 NJ)April 4, 2009

I am new to bee keeping and received some bad advice from someone who keeps bees and I packed my one hive in moth balls over the winter to keep out wax moths. I have been airing the hive out, but the wax still smells like moth balls? If I replace the foundation, can I still use the hive bodies?

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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)


    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 7:06PM
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taylor810(Z6 NJ)

Thanks, not a total loss, lesson learned.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 7:12PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Did the Bees survive this ordeal??


    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 10:19PM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

For off season storage I take the frames out of the supers, scrape the supers clean and stack them in the shed. I put the frames in an old non working chest type freezer. Make sure the freezer has a good gasket and seal any drain or vent openings. If you think the frames may have been exposed to moths freeze them in a working freezer a couple of days before putting them in the storage freezer.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 9:52PM
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