I have ran into a new problem for me. I have a hive that was 5 boxes high in the spring. Tried to keep them from swarming but failed. It is now in one large box and two supers. I have noticed a lot of hive beetles in this hive. After taking a good look it seems all the beetles are in the bottom box where there is an abundance of pollen.
I want to remove the bottom box and try to treat this like a capture, (Start over). The problem is tranferring the bees and not so many beetles... I feel like I am just sending them into my other hives where I have seen no beetles.
What do you do with a hive that is overrun? These things are tough, I have sprayed them with pure clorax before and they just fly away.