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Offline wheadlee

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I have some type of infestation, help needed
« on: June 25, 2017, 03:17:07 PM »
I've had my hive for almost three years.  When I inspected the hive three weeks ago I noticed that the hive didn't have any evidence of new bee larvae and my two brood chambers were almost completely filled with honey and the honey supper hadn't even had the comb drawn out.  I ordered and installed a new queen two weeks ago and today when I inspected the hive, no queen and there is an infestation of what I'm guessing is Wax Moths.  I've attached two pictures hoping someone can verify my fears.  What cab I do to recover form this?  I have a NUC coming in tomorrow afternoon and had hoped to strengthen this hive.  Help!!! :'(

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Re: I have some type of infestation, help needed
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 08:24:03 AM »
wheadlee
 it looks like wax moth larvae. First thing to do is take out the worst frames that are infected. If you have lots of bees in the hive they should take care of the rest. When you install the new queen it is going to take a while for her new brood to take over the chores of cleaning the hive so keep a close eye on their progress.
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Re: I have some type of infestation, help needed
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2017, 03:17:41 PM »
Wax worms / moths

take out the worst frames, replace with foundation

squish all the worms you can see

take the removed frames and put in the freezer to kill any worms / worm larva

then give back to the colony ( LET THEM WARM UP FIRST !! )

If they are too badly gone to salvage, melt them down