"Quote"Metrobee, Stay on top of them. If your hive gets weak, with those numbers, they WILL take over. They create a foul mess. I speak from experience.
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Hi Metrobee and Welcome
Steve is right! and it doesn't take them long to take over.
Sorry to hear you are having SHB problems.
Since my first post, I lost the hive that was infected with SHB, it was a new package from may. My original hive...I inspected today....I had seen 6 or 8 adult beetles before, but today I found at least 30 on my inside cover. I had heard that a strong colony would take care of the shb by themselves, so I gave them some time but, today I couldn't believe the decline in the amount of bees despite I have been feeding them since the end of our flow. I didn't break my hive open today for fear of upsetting their balance and their war against the beetle, but I could tell by the number that greeted me and their response to my presence .
I have medicated the soil around the hive installed beetle traps and I still see an growth in the SHB. I am really beginning to become very concerned now. I dont' know what more to do. This is my only hive now. They gave me a about 40# of honey this summer and seemed to be do well and bursting at the seams. Now their super is at a complete standstill and has been for about a month. Anyway, if you have seen if you saw 10 to 12 today, i am sure there are thousands comming.
I wish you the best and please let us know how is goes.