G'day from Oz.
Name is Mike and I live in suburban Brisbane Queensland east coast, Australia, just south of the Great Barrier Reef and due east of Uluru which is in the middle of Oz. We have a warm sub-tropical climate which is great for beekeeping (and the SHB). Being in the centre of the city I have blossom 52 weeks a year and whilst there is a winter dwindle, I have nectar coming in all the time.
Started hobby beekeeping 15 years ago (still doing it this way) when my daughter came home on her 18th birthday and said there are some bees in a tree over the road. Nothing else needs to be said.
So I have been keeping bees selling honey and making mead ever since until the end of 2008 when the SHB devastated my 2 hives. Since then it has been a bit of a weird trip cleaning things up and making the decision to keep going.
I caught a swarm a couple of weeks ago and put it into a nuc. Nice docile hive with a queen laying and offspring getting ready to hatch.
This morning I took delivery of a 4 frame nuc that I will rehouse tomorrow morning into my own nuc box and add a half height nuc super as the nuc is very full and active. I opened the entry this morning when I got it home and they are already bringing nectar and pollen in.
I have SHB traps built into the floor.. squat 4" diameter peanut butter jars with slotted lid and vegetable oil in the jar. Over the time I have caught 3 beetle in the trap and smashed only a handful in the swarm so I am hoping that I am going to get control of the SHB problem. The other thing I have done is to relocate the hives so I am not near the contaminated ground.
It is interesting to read of the problems you guys in the States are having with the SHB and it would seem that we are following in your footsteps. The SHB is a massive problem and there needs to be significant research into how they can be controlled. I think that traps are only an intermediate stage and there has to be some scientific method developed to deal with the problem.
My humble opinion for the moment anyhow.
ps Wonderful to see a spelling checker on this forum