Small Hive Beetles

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Small Hive Beetles

Post by BeeJim » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:25 pm

I am a new beekeeper and have begun to see small hive beetles in my hive. I have noticed on my last two trip, first one and now more (perhaps 12). In each visit I have crushed the beetles, but am concerned as to my next steps. They were found on the bottom of my top feeder. I have heard that healthy hives can control these pests but wonder if I should be doing more? Any suggestion would be helpful.

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Re: Small Hive Beetles

Post by Wally » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:42 pm

The more sun, the less SHB.
The more shade, the more SHB.

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Re: Small Hive Beetles

Post by Doug Shaw » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:21 pm

That has been my experience too. I put my hives in the sunniest place in the yard. They get the first light of the day and don't go into the shade till about 5:00 PM. I tried traps a few years ago but they did not seem to work very well. I still get a few and the bees are managing them just fine now that the hives are in the sun. I am against chemicals - use the sun if you can.
I let the bees clean up equipment and cappings about 100 yards from the hives in the shade and am amazed at how many SHB gather in the cappings so I know they are still present. I get these capping into the solar wax melter and it seems to kill quite a few, so again the sun is helping in the control.

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Re: Small Hive Beetles

Post by braswell » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:44 pm

I am full of info tonight. I have a hive that always had a lot of bettles. I recently discovered there was a crack in the top cover. This top has a copper cover and has a peak like the roof of a house. This peak allows a large cavity these little critters can hide from the bees. I caulked the crack, we will see if this stops them. RB

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Re: Small Hive Beetles

Post by Kurt Bower » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:00 am

Sun is the cure.
I have one outyard that I have had nothing but trouble with for years due to being in complete shade.
I have also had a few hives completely destroyed by SHB. One hive drove the bees out without a queen and they absconded. When I picked up the frames they rained out SHB.
Often in my observations of a strong hive they will corral the beetles and keep them cornered above the inner cover.
I recommend that you do something if not more than maintain a strong hive.


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