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Author Topic: SHB, I have to be on my toes now.  (Read 512 times)
David McLeod
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« on: July 04, 2011, 02:07:56 PM »

My latest cut out colony needs watching. Brought them in Friday evening, this morning's check found a half a dozen or so live adult beetles herded into the corners of the bottom board and a decent sized mass of small beetle larvae on the bottom board. The bees were really riding herd on the little bastards and had them corraled. I even watched one fly off with one.
I smashed everything in sight and swapped out bottom boards to get the larvae out of the hive. I figured I might have an issue since this cut out had a comb collapse and beetles and a very small amount of larvae were observed in the original location. Of course it didn't help that I did not get the queen and they failed to use the eggs that came with them to make a new mama. Slipped them a frame of eggs from my donor hive.

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 03:18:54 PM »

Check them EVERY day. Most of the cutouts that I loose are a result of SHB.

Good Luck,


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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 05:57:43 PM »

Beetles can smell a queenless hive and love them to death.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011, 07:03:53 PM »

Keep them as crowded as possible to minimize the area they have to defend. If they are making a new queen and have lots of cells you will have to be careful that they don't issue a virgin swarm. In this case it might make sense to scratch out all but 1-2 cells.


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