Just thought I'd share some stuff that I noticed. I look after a neglected apiary, and am trying to get it back in order. In the process I lost a hive - bees couldnt take it any more. Very Sad.
Anyhow, just some piccys first up - 2 supers of slimed up frames in the end
I started the fire, and dropped a frame in every few minutes and watched them burn. I made sure I didnt drop any of the wrigglers into the ground on the way to the fire - Its amazing how they drop off the frame when the frame is lifted and tilted - they sort of all bail out.
So I had a bucket of water to put the fire out. 15 minutes after dropping the last frame in the fire, I dropped some water in. I could not believe that some of the lava were still alive in there!!!
I came back the next day and had left the bucket of water next to the fire - it must have had 30 SHB in it (didnt have camera with me tho ), plus various other things. I guess the slime smell attracted them to the area.
My question is, what do you kill lava, and SHB with outside the apiary, or in the honey house? All I had was a can of degreaser - which worked - haha - but does a detergent work? How do you guys kill them en masse ?? Anyone use some kind of trap near the hives that isnt a bettle trap under or in the hive?