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Small hive beetle

  • 13 May 2016 2:28 PM
    Message # 4017564
    Keith Harvey (Administrator)

    I am a struggling new bee keeper with one box .I inspected it today and noticed a few little black beetles that ran and hid in empty cells.

    Are they small hive beetles what to do?

  • 13 May 2016 2:29 PM
    Reply # 4017568 on 4017564
    Keith Harvey (Administrator)

    From the description I'm sure these are Small Hive Beetles.  If there are only a few and your bee colony is strong then there is no need to worry. The SHB is endemic, they can fly 7km and so it is inevitable they will appear in your hives.

    If there are many SHB or your colony is weak then you need to do more. There are beetle traps you can buy that you fill with cooking oil or diatomaceous earth.  The bees will chase the SHB into these.  Some people advocate putting a piece of Chux or J-cloth under the lid - the beetles will either hide or become entrapped in this and then you can remove and dispose of the cloth, but do this within a day or so as the bees will start to eat away at the cloth.


    Or you could try a slatted or screened bottom board to reduce in-hive humidity (the SHB eggs need high humidity to hatch).  


  • 23 Nov 2016 7:57 PM
    Reply # 4407207 on 4017564
    ariana

    There are beetle traps you can buy that you fill with cooking oil or diatomaceous earth.  The bees will chase the SHB into these www.gmail.com

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