Wax Moths

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Wax Moths are nasty little creatures. They are really good at destroying unprotected equipment. It is not normal to see Wax moths in healthy hives. This is an indicator that your hive is weak.

Strong, healthy hives will manage wax moths and beetles just fine. Many new beekeepers think that their hive was killed by these pests when they go to check their hive, finding no bees and the boxes full of these pests. Wax moths and beetles are only a product of a bigger problem. They move into a hive once it has gotten so weak they cannot defend itself. Only too often this is the result of Varroa. See: Varroa

It can also be caused if a hive lost a queen and was unsuccessful in raising a new one. As the population dwindles these pests will move in and finish the job.

Wax Moth

You will be able to tell if your hive has wax moths by their webbed tunnels.