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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SMALL HIVE BEETLE Problem Solutions, Honeybee Beehive Corrections to prevent Small Hive Beetle Larva Destruction
NEWSFLASH To the naive Beekeepers
IF YOU WAIT UNTIL LARVA STAGE To Late
I continue to get horror stories of Beekeepers seeing a few Small Hive Beetles
but not being concerned immediately.
TRAPS AND BAIT ONLY KILL ADULTS
Adults are the stage you must control BEFORE they lay THOUSANDS of eggs.
The Larva stage are the ones that tunnel through the combs in search of pollen.
The Adult stage is just annoying to the Honeybees no real damage done.
2,3,or even 4 traps per Beehive is sometimes NOT enough.
YOU MUST CONTROL ADULTS BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF HAND
ALL Southern States Year Round Control Needed.
Some Other Prevention Help:
FULL SUN Best
NO Splits Mid August till Mid September, 2 worst months
Screened Bottom Boards, Light and less hiding places
No extra Honey Supers On, Super Just In Time
Concrete or Black Tar Paper under hives, Hot and Dry
Kill all Vegetation near Hives to Lower Humidity
Avoid ALL Plastic Frames with Holes for hiding places
Use ALL DEEP Honey Supers To Prevent Extra Burr Comb Hiding Places
TRAP PRAY Repeat
SMALL HIVE BEETLE EXTREME
4 Trap Control Needed August September in Southern States,
Small African Hive Beetle Trapping Honeybee Beehive Placement
The Honey Bees chase the Beetles away from center brood nest pollen