Preparing frames for foundation

Frames with damaged foundation.Frames with damaged foundation.

Frames with damaged foundation.Frames with damaged foundation.

In the next few months beekeepers all over the country will start to inspect hives if they haven’t already. Some pests can be destructive over the fall and winter months. There are two common pests that cause damage during this time, mice and wax moths. Both pests cost beekeepers valuable time in fixing the problem and also money to replace the foundation if the frame is salvageable. Below is a video of me using my modified hive tool to clean foundation from top and bottom bars on frames. For more information on my modified hive tool, visit my blog “here”.
. I have included some images to show what type of damage wax moths cause. For more information on wax moth and photographs of both adult and larvae, you can visit my blog “here”. .

Frames with wax moth damage.

Frames with wax moth damage.

Frames after damaged foundation was removed.

Frames after damaged foundation was removed.

Written By: Rob Snyder

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I currently work out of the Butte County Cooperative Extension in Oroville, CA as a Crop Protection Agent. I received my B.S. in biology from Delaware Valley College, PA. There I attained a majority of my entomological knowledge from Dr. Chris Tipping and Dr. Robert Berthold. After graduation, I was an apiary inspector for 2 years at the Department of Agriculture in Pennsylvania. In my third year there, I still inspected some colonies but I mainly focused on The Pennsylvania Native Bee Survey (PANBS) where I pinned, labeled, entered data and identified native bees to genus species. Leo Donavall assisted me in learning the basics on positive Identifications of the native bees. Around the same time I began working on coordinating kit construction and distribution for the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey. I was also fortunate to conduct many of these surveys with fellow co-worker Mike Andree and Nathan Rice of USDA/ARS throughout California. All of these experiences have led me to where I am today, working to assist beekeepers in maintaining genetic diverse colonies resistant to parasites while reducing the use of chemical treatments in colonies. The BIP Diagnostic Lab at the University of MD is in an integral part of this process by generating reports in which we can track change and report to beekeepers vital information in a timely manner which may influence their treatment decisions.

  • http://multibiorhythm.com John S.

    Hello, thanks for sharing. One question: is there any particular reason for cleaning these frames in (almost) darkness?

    • Rob Snyder

      I was in a garage because it is winter in PA and there was poor lighting.