|Wax Moths on frames|
Properly storing equipment over the winter is very important. Frames, foundation, and boxes should be stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place. One of the main reasons for this is to prevent wax moth damage. Surprise surprise- wax moths feed on wax and a cool, dark, place with lots of food available is an ideal place for them to spend the winter and raise babies.
|A frame of wax foundation destroyed by wax moths|
|Cluster of wax moth eggs on a frame (Photo credit: David Wheeler)|
|Larva sandwiched in between the frames and the flap of a cardboard box|
|Frame covered in webbing and feces... eww.|
|Damage on a hive box from wax moth larva|
As I said, this was so disgusting that I vow to properly store my equipment next year!