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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2006, 03:13:19 AM »

SHB still a problem at this time of year for Central NC.
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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2007, 12:17:18 AM »

I feel do to the mild winters in the south we have a lot more issues with the shb.  I hate shb with a passion.
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« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2007, 08:24:54 AM »

OK, looking at Linda's picture of the SHB sipping some honey alongside the bee perplexes me.  Why doesn't the bee exterminate the beetle.  Surely the bees must know the beetle is an invader.  Anyone got a good comment on this?  Great day. Cindi
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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2007, 08:46:50 AM »

Actually some of what I read says that the bees often feed the SHBs.  I have found piles of them propolized in between the edges of frames in my hives, but never have seen a bee bee-ing friendly until this picture (and it was an accident - a small part of a much larger picture I was taking of bees on the frame.)  The cider vinegar trap I am using worked well during the hot weather.  Haven't checked it in a couple of months.

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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2007, 08:56:32 AM »

Linda, what they hey!!!  Now that is the weirdest thing that I have ever heard.  Why on earth would the bee feed a SHB, doesn't make much sense now does it?

It looks like the SHB is small, wonder why the bees would not just carry it outside instead of spending the energy to propolize?  Strange eh?  Great day. Cindi
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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2007, 09:35:13 AM »

I Hope those Critters don't make it to california
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« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2007, 10:04:49 AM »

wonder why the bees would not just carry it outside instead of spending the energy to propolize?  Strange eh?  Great day. Cindi

The bug gets into the cracks and the bees fill in the cracks that they were going to fill anyway.
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« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2007, 11:12:02 PM »

I Hope those Critters don't make it to California
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I have heard they are in California, they have been for a few years now, odds are they could have got there from the migratory for the almonds,,, that's the story!!!
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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2007, 02:31:11 PM »

Perhaps they do die in the winter in your area, and re-populate from the south as the weather warms up in spring. they just follow the good weather north like senior citizens!
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« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2007, 07:39:59 AM »

Because it's cold, I haven't been opening my hives, but yesterday I could see liquid on the ground under the hive that has a sugar water feeder inside it, so I opened the hive to take out the feeder and see what gives.  I have a bottle with holes in the lid upside down on the frames just over the cluster. 

When I pulled out the bottle there were five happy as a clam SHBs all over it.  I haven't checked the traps in at least a month and now am worried that my hives are full of SHBs but don't want to open the hives to check the apple cider vinegar traps while it's cold.

Should I? huh

I'm thinking next weekend if we have an Atlanta warm spell, I'll pull out the apple cider vinegar traps and refresh the vinegar.  These critters are amazingly endurable - and mine certainly are not living in the ground through the winter - they are thriving in my hives.

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« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2007, 09:23:06 PM »


I don't feel that the small hive beetle is a threat this time of year to my bee colonies. Its too cold and the humidity is too low. Even if we did have some shb larvae emerge within the hive the bees would kill it and dispose of it. People, your problem this time of year is the varroa mite. This mite weakens the colony making way for the shb ( when the temperature & humidity rise) to take over the hive. Again this is no threat to my beekeeping operation as I have a vinegar vaporizer that I can use to take care of both beetle and mite   Charlie
                                                               
                                                                   




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