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Offline teebo

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Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« on: April 07, 2011, 08:36:00 PM »
I may have stumbled on to something. Last week I cleaned the burr comb from between the hive bodies and supers, which had drone larvae and pupa in it. I also cleaned the boards under the screened bottom boards that had some pollen and other bits and pieces of debris, putting it all into a 1 gallon bucket. I started to clean the bucket, filling it about half full of water. Then I forgot about it for 4 days. today I when to finish cleaning the bucket and it had about 100 or so DEAD small hive beetles in it. I think I will start using this as a bait or lure to kill those evil small hive beetles. Has anyone else tryed this with similar result

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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011, 08:49:51 PM »
do you think the shb could have been IN the comb when you put it in the bucket??????
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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2011, 09:24:16 PM »
there were about 5 or so that I had mashed

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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011, 10:04:58 PM »
Was the debris and crap floating in the water or all over the bucket?   Sounds like a plan to try out.

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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2011, 05:46:23 PM »
i'm using DE beetle traps on the bottom board iwas putting DE in them but found that the beetles death throes were puffing some of the dust up through the top holes where the bees could get it     now i'm just using thick sugar syrup    it attracts them and they stay in the trap until you empty it

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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2011, 06:29:53 PM »
Whenever I render the old comb from cut outs the SHB gather in the buckets. A good hot bath in boiling water (rendering the wax) takes care of them for good and I can wear my evil little grin for a while :-D

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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2011, 06:42:59 PM »
does anyone know how high up in the air they fly?  i have a mozzie screened pergola and was thinking of trying my hive in there with a bee vent up high

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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2011, 10:52:55 PM »
they will fly as hive as the entrance to a hive!!!  i know of an ob hive with a 12 foot pvc pipe entrance.  they get in there just fine.
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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2011, 11:15:56 PM »
thanks

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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2011, 12:22:00 PM »
I believe there's been research showing that a SHB produces a yeast that actually attracts more SHB to the hive. So, perhaps your bucket was producing or fermenting a bit and the beetles were attracted to the smell and ended up drowning in the water.

Your idea is worth exploring. Crush up a few SHB and larvae and ferment them in a bucket with water. Or how about using regular bread yeast like you find in the grocery store in packets in another bucket?  Maybe they will find that attractive.


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Re: Small Hive Beetle Lure???
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2011, 02:01:10 AM »
Has anyone tried this;

Making Small Hive BeetleTraps with the "FatBeeMan"

Sounds sensible.
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