Wax moth (Galleria mellonella)
Nature and extent of damage:
Prevention and control:
- The attack is more prevalent during monsoon
- The wax moth larvae (Fig. 16.4) tunnel through the mid ribs of the comb (Fig. 16.5) and there is presence of small mass of minute wax particles outside the tunnels
- In case of severe infestation, further brood rearing is stopped; bees stop field work and colony may abscond.
Control in storage: Keep spare combs in empty hive bodies in tiers and close both at bottom and top. Disinfect the stack by burning sulphur @ 180 g/ cubic metre (fumigation by sulphur fumes). After fumigation, put naphthalene flakes in moth proof stacks.
- Close cracks and crevices in the hive. Reduce hive entrance
- Remove combs not covered by bees. Keep the bottom board clean.
Last modified: Tuesday, 17 July 2012, 8:18 AM