5.8.3. Protecting stored combs using strong colonies

Place supers of combs (containing no honey or pollen residues) directly onto strong colonies. Strong colonies can protect combs from wax moth infestation/damage. It is best if the stored combs contain no honey and/or pollen. Otherwise, the combs may be vulnerable to damage caused by small hive beetles (see the BEEBOOK paper on small hive beetles, Neumann et al., 2013).