IPM for HONEY BEE PESTS, PARASITES, PATHOGENS and PREDATORS
PESTS: Wax Moths and Small Hive Beetles
- Wax moths are not a problem during cold weather unless you keep your combs in a heated building. Properly stored and protected from re-infestation, combs that have been frozen (< 32 °F or < 0 °C) for at least one day during the winter will not be infested with any stage of the wax moth.
- In general, keep all of your unused combs in mothproof stacks or in a mothproof room or building, preferably unheated. Tape cracks between supers or repair supers so they fit tightly together. Inspect regularly! Treat with Para-moth® or Fumigator® at first sign of wax moth.
- The best solution for wax moths is to keep as many supers of combs as possible on your colonies. Strong colonies provide the best protection for your combs.
PARASITES: Parasitic Mites and Nosema
- Exchange drone comb traps.
- Freeze drone combs you removed.
PATHOGENS: AFB and Other Diseases
- Check entrances for foraging activity. Thoroughly inspect colonies with below average activity or with few pollen foragers. Combine disease-free, weak colonies with stronger ones, or requeen if necessary. Abate AFB colonies.
- If you are unsure about a diagnosis, send a sample to the Bee Research Laboratory for analysis.
PREDATORS: Bears and Skunks