Has anyone tried this SHB trap described on Beeworks?http://beeworks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=63
I'm starting to see the SHB in my hives again this year. Last year I used the Brushy Mountain SHB trap and it worked OK, but I still saw beetles in the hive and it uses up a frame in the hive. I also know that Jamie Ellie has had great results with his nematode research, but my hives are not on the ground so I don't want to buy nematodes to kill SHBs that are probably not developing on the ground under my deck but rather flying for miles to get to my wonderful hives.
This SHB trap involves a wax moth lure and a plastic trap armed with FGMO. I'm going out to buy sandwich containers today and poke holes in them. I don't own a soldering iron (which was suggested for hole punching) but I'll bet either a drill tip or a hot yarn needle would do the same job.
I have banana peels on overripened bananas and the only missing link is a definition of what "ferment" equals in creating the lure. Any ideas what that means? Overnight? Over a week? When would one decide it had fermented enough? And wouldn't fermenation with the banana peel continue in the hive?
If I place this trap on top of the inner cover, could I then cover it with an upside down bottom board to minimize the space around it? Or would you do an empty super and fill it with newspaper to keep the bees from building comb???
All thoughts and advice appreciated, as always,
Linda T fighting the SHB in Atlanta