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  1. #1
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    May 2004
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    Knoxville, TN, USA
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    Angry

    I have found some small hive beetles in my top bar hive. The bees are pushing them under the bars where they sit on the walls. I have tried the cardboard trick with the strips under it and its killing a few of them. Are any of you having any luck dealing with the SHB in the top bar hives?
    I am open to any suggestions.
    Thanks,
    Doug

  2. #2
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    Jan 2004
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    Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
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    Hi Doug,

    I haven't seen a hive beetle in Wyoming, yet. But will be relocating to Florida and am interested in the impacts/treatments as well.

    Regards
    Dennis

  3. #3
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    I haven't seen any either, and hope I never do. But I'd be curious better woodworking would make any difference or not. If you can eliminate the cracks the beetles hide in would it help any?

  4. #4
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    May 2004
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    Knoxville, TN, USA
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    My woodworking is tight. After the bees get their glue everywhere, it makes cracks just big enough for the beetles to hide in when you move your bars around. I will keep an ear out and if I figure out anything I will post it up.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Bradenton, FL, and Davenport, IA, USA
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    Good carpentry skills helps, but the bees do glue everything up together. In fact I have seen the bees fill up holes and cracks just perfect for beetles to hide in. The best thing you can do is keep strong hives. My strongest hives always have the fewest beetles in them through the year.

    For me per inspection:
    Strongest: 0-2 beetles
    pretty strong: 0-3 beetles
    medium/young strength: 2-5
    weak: 10+ beetles
    very weak: 30+ beetles

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
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    Hi Guys,
    I have wondered if tbhs have an advantage over standard hives concerning the SHB. Most tbhs are very tight compared to a standard hive.

    Regards
    Dennis

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Bradenton, FL, and Davenport, IA, USA
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    What do you mean tight?


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