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SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« on: October 20, 2012, 12:36:30 AM »
OK...I'm going crazy now ...  Going to do a combine tomorrow of a cut out that really had a SHB problem, and I could SWEAR I read a post on here about 'banging out' the SHB from the frames over a container of soapy water with 1/4" screen over the top.  It sounded extremely logical to me at the time, and I built my "bang out" trap tonight...Now I can find the post to reinforce what was suggested.  :?  Ideas any and all?  Any help is appreciated!  Thanks! 

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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 10:45:29 PM »
Don't knock any bees in soapy water.   It's not good for them either. 

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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 11:33:14 PM »
No worries AllenF...I made a complete 1/4" screen covering that kinda snaps onto the top of a plastic tub/container.  No bees in danger.   ;)   Anxious to see how it works.  Thanks for the reply. 

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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2012, 09:28:55 AM »
Take pics

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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 05:22:10 AM »
How did it go?
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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 10:51:52 AM »
I'm I missing something or would 1/4" not be too big...hence, allowing bees through?

I would have though that you would have had to use like a #8 mesh (1/8" holes) to assure no bee loss!
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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 11:15:26 AM »
Good catch Moots.




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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 11:41:49 AM »
I was thinking the same thing.
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Re: SHB "Bang off" into tray of soapy water???
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 11:51:51 PM »
I did it with #8 cloth last year.  Worked pretty well but some of the beetles would try to fly off and I would have to grind their little crunchy bodies through the sharp galvanized surface of the cloth.  Which was really groovy.  IMO this helps to do a quick reduction in adult beetle population and give the bees a chance to get ahead of them.  The hive I did seemed to do better but still absconded this winter.