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Author Topic: Persistent SHB larva destroying hives  (Read 776 times)
beek1951
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« on: June 20, 2012, 06:06:44 PM »

In the past month I have had 2  colonies and 2 NUCS
destroyed by SHB larvae. One weekend I check and all
is normal, the next (less than a week later) all thst is left
is a writhing ass of larvae on the bottom board about 4 inches
deep and the whole hive slimed. I see very few mature SHB
on inspections. Looking for a spot to place a box with a new
removal colony in it. I realized that the one open spot in a 6
box stand is where each of the losses were located. I admit they
were no the strongest colonies, but the speed of destruction is
mind-blowing.
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 06:46:14 PM »

1... Be sure the hive is in full sun all day.

2... Give the bees only enough space that they are covering 95% of the frames.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 07:08:36 PM »

I feel your pain. Been there. Iddee has given excellent advice.


Good Luck,

Steve
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 07:11:38 PM »

Don't transfer honey from your cut outs. If needed you can crush/strain and feed it back to them. This gives the stressed bees less to defend.

Scott
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