Paradichlorobenzene was used for many years to control wax moths. However, analyses have shown that a considerable amount of honey was contaminated by this insecticide, and that the recycled wax also contained significant residues. The use of this product is therefore prohibited, and no longer has any place in good beekeeping practice. Beekeepers are being called on to completely forgo the use of paradichlorobenzene. The certification of Mellonex® has expired, and it is no longer available on the market. Sulphur is no longer authorised for use as an insecticide. The use of formic acid and acetic acid continues to be permissible for the control of wax moths. Our brochure, 'Protecting Combs from Wax Moth Damage', provides an overview of the prevention and control of this pest.
Protection of honey combs from moth damage (PDF, 179 kB, 15.02.2017)
J.D. Charrière, A. Imdorf (2004)