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Offline beek1951

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Persistent SHB larva destroying hives
« on: June 20, 2012, 07:06:44 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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Re: Persistent SHB larva destroying hives
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 07:46:14 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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Re: Persistent SHB larva destroying hives
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 08:08:36 PM »
I feel your pain. Been there. Iddee has given excellent advice.


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Re: Persistent SHB larva destroying hives
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 08:11:38 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.

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