The Wax Moth: A Problem or a Solution?

The Possible Wax Moth Infestation Regulation

Author(s): Lovleen Marwaha

Pp: 67-75 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815123821123010008

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The wax moth infestation can be controlled with various physical, chemical, and biological methods. As the wax moth is a typical lepidopteran insect that is poikilothermic, exposing multiple developmental stages and imagoes to extremely low and higher temperatures can provide a solution for the specific pest infestation. Additionally, divergent pesticides targeting the nervous system, respiratory system, developmental regulation, and general insect physiology further solve the problem. The biological control measures include the application of various micro-organisms or their secreted products that can help regulate the insect population. The present chapter highlights primary methods for regulating the wax moth infestation with divergent strategies to reduce economic loss to apiculture.

Keywords: Physical Biological and Chemical Controls of the Wax Moth, Galleria mellonella, Pest control, Apiculture.

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