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  1. Jill King
    January 12, 2011

    We’ve never had wax moths in the winter, but I’m glad to know I wouldn’t have to deal with them below 40 degrees.

    I live near Atlanta, Georgia, USA and we don’t have winters with frigid temps (except this week) so we’ve never wrapped our hives for the winter. I’m just curious, do you monitor your hives for excessive moisture since they are wrapped. I’ve heard that it can be a big problem if it happens.

    • Phillip
      January 13, 2011

      I’ve heard that wrapping hives can create moisture problems too. I’ve heard different stories from different beekeepers on the beekeeping forums. Some wrap without any problems and they have better winter survival rates on the hives that are wrapped. Others wrap and see no difference in survival rates. And some don’t wrap but use screened bottom boards for extra ventilation. It all seems to depend on your local environment.

      Around here, as far as I know from the two professional keepers on the island, wrapping is used mostly as a wind break because we can get can some seriously high winds around here. Neither of them have mentioned any problems with moisture. The wrap around my hives seems moist all the time, so I would think moisture would be a problem too. I don’t know for sure. I’ll see what happens in the spring when I unwrap them.

      I also put a piece of insulation between the inner and outer cover to reduce condensation build up inside the hive.

  2. Phillip
    October 21, 2011

    I spotted more wax moth cocoons under the top covers of two hives today. It looks like this is the time of year that they show up.

    I also found large numbers of ear wigs. I wouldn’t call it an infestation, but it’s getting there.

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