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Offline dfizer

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Eradication of small hive beetle
« on: July 07, 2013, 09:47:56 PM »
I have 9 hives and 2 nucs in my apiary.  Today I opened the weakest of the lot and found 2 small hive beetles.  Smashed one while the other eluded me.  I have zero experience with these and up till now  I had not worried at all about them thinking I was a bit far north for these to be too much of a problem. 

Before I have a heart attack - please tell me what the proper treatment is for:
1) removal of the beetles from the hive with them
2) insuring they don't get into my other hives (preventative treatment)

The hive with the beetles is a hive containing the frames from a cut out where likely I brought them from the cutout house to my yard. 

Help please.  Is this a horrible problem or one that can be managed?

Ugh!

David 

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Re: Eradication of small hive beetle
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013, 10:30:42 PM »
I see them in my hives now and then and smash them with my hive tool if I can. As long as the bee population in a hive is sufficiently dense, I don't think SHB are likely to become serious problems at our latitude.

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Re: Eradication of small hive beetle
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013, 10:33:06 PM »
Count your blessings and relax.

Finding 4 or 5 each inspection and killing most of them is a healthy and happy scenario.

Finding 10 to 50 in a hive is a ""find a solution"" scenario.
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Re: Eradication of small hive beetle
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013, 11:38:40 PM »
Count your blessings and relax.

Finding 4 or 5 each inspection and killing most of them is a healthy and happy scenario.

Finding 10 to 50 in a hive is a ""find a solution"" scenario.

Ditto- and if you want to brush up on shb knowledge check out the pest section of the forum. Here is a thread with 60 replies:

http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,29223.0.html



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Re: Eradication of small hive beetle
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2013, 12:19:05 AM »
i'm more surprised when i don't find a few.  crush every one you can.