Wax Moths and Bee Moths

Wax Moths and Bee Moths

Do you have moths with a large, long nose in your home?

wax bee moth
The Wax Moth or Bee Moth
Wax or bee moths are a common nuisance pest of wax producing bees, especially the social bees, bumble bees and honey bees.

The wax moth is not the problem, it is the larvae that feed on the wax. 

Bumble bees seem to those most at risk, but honey bees can also bee affected. Bees that nest at height like tree bumble bees (Bombus hypnorum) are most commonly seen to be affected.

As you can see from the image above, these moths have a distinctive long nose. it is probably not technically a nose, but for most people it is the simplest way to identify these moths, quickly and effectively.

Wax moths are active form April into late summer and can occasionally become a nuisance pest in peoples homes.

The reason for these moths suddenly appearing in your home is a simple one. You have or have had a bees nest of some description in your home at some point in the past.

The moth activity normally only lasts six weeks, but the are an unsightly reminder that bees once inhabited the property.

It is common to find bumble bees entering the under-floor voids of our homes, where they nest and don't cause an problems. At anytime, even if the bees have left the nest, these moths will sneak in and lay eggs on the wax.

No effective means of mass control exists unless the nest area can be cleaned out, so most people simply live with this short and rare invasion of the moths.

Damage to wax products within your home could be at risk, but we have never seen this ourselves.

We would be delighted if you could share your experiences with this moth species wit our other visitors.

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