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Offline yantabulla

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Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« on: December 22, 2010, 03:18:46 AM »
I'm sitting on my verandah having a beer & watching bees come & go into a hive.  It is a small swarm that I caught a few days ago. I put a drawn comb in for them to give the queen a head start & it is distressing to watch small hive beetles fly into the hive.

What I have noticed is that the beetles are also landing in my beer.  (Sheaf Stout)

Has anyone tried to trap beetles in fly traps laced with beer? (I've only had a couple of schooners)
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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 07:34:20 AM »
Sounds like it could be a hard task to use good beer....Maybe they would go for XXXX? I wouldn't call that a waste!
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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 08:37:55 PM »
Sounds like alcohol abuse to me.

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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 08:44:15 PM »
Sounds like alcohol abuse to me.

absolutely..i thinks its at least a misdemeanor  :-D

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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2010, 02:28:15 AM »
Uh oh the beer police are on to me!

I'm repeating the experiment again this afternoon.

I think i've swallowed a few SHB's
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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2010, 04:50:02 AM »
I bit one that landed on my collar once. They don't taste so good.

Good idea if it works, seriously. Old timer gardeners use beer to catch slugs.

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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2010, 09:34:52 AM »
I know old timer ladies use beer to catch old timer gardeners.   :-D

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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2010, 11:30:55 AM »
That's funny! One night last summer I was sitting on the patio having a beer and cigar. Noticed a couple hive beetles crawling around on my beer glass. Don't know if the brand of beer makes any difference; I drink that great German brew, Budweiser! Maybe we should try a trap with some beer; fermented honey and squashed bananas draw them like flies to manure, so maybe I'll add a can of brew to the mix. I'm trying a 5 gallon bucket with a few holes drilled in it and bait plus fipronil in the bottom. Will hang them in the beeyards and see if it draws SHB that would otherwise end up in the hives.

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Re: Small Hive Beetles & Beer
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2011, 10:00:33 PM »
Hi All
Tried the beer yesterday. The beetles kept away but the flies appeared to enjoy it. Somewhere it as mentioned that combination of fermenting honey and banana was an reasonable attractant?? I will this mix a go in the next few days
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