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Author Topic: Will Asiptan control ''SHB''?  (Read 1330 times)
beecowboy
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« on: July 02, 2005, 01:26:10 PM »

Howdy Everybody!   I have another one of those questions that I feel stupid about asking. When I would check my hives I would see little black beetle. I cought some of them and looked under a magnafying glass thanks to other post's I found out they are "SHB" In all 4 hives. After I found out what they were I went back in and killed what I could by hand (a bunch) and I saw the bees would kill them also. What do I need to get to protect and rid my hives of them? I have 1 real strong hive 2 package hives and a wild swarm.                                                                         I am the only bee keeper for miles around where could they have come from or are      they just natural?  thanks for any advice or help any one can give me  shocked
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2005, 04:01:27 PM »

I have not seen any positive results of the use of Apistan in the fight against SHB, but some recommend using Coumaphos(Checkmite).

I would recommend a more enviromental friendly approach, as to avoid the possibilities of the developement of mite resistance to the chemicals mentioned above.  Get a West Hive Beetle Trap, with the use of vegetable oil or FGMO, to suffocate the beetles in the trap.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2005, 11:06:32 AM »

Everyone who has them in places where they are established has found that nothing controls them other than a strong healthy hive.  Good luck.  I think in the end it will be as the wax moths were.  That was a devastating "plauge" when they first got here.  Now we don't think that much about it.
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