I saw the coolest thing today. I have a hive that has just been dwindling for the past few weeks, it is bone dry, no flow at all and hot hot hot. I went out, broke it all down to reduce it to just one deep and a med super. In addition to that, I had a new screened bottom board to put on this hive. When I got down to the bottom brood box, I pried it (the old bottom board) off and tossed it to the side- it was covered with bees and I just figured they will come on back into the hive in their own good time. I finished up, feeling a bit glum, can't find a Queen and just a bit of brood.
Anyway, I went to get the old bottom board and I saw the most amazing thing---a full blown war! The girls were tackling and actually rolling across the old board trying to get/kill the beetles!! I assume that once the bottom board was in the full sunlight the little scuzz-bag beetles were scampering around trying to find a dark spot and were getting nailed! Kinda' warmed my heart,lol. Even a weak hive can still be proactive if they can find the beetles, haha. BTW...this is the first year they showed up for me. I noticed they do not seem to bother much with the hives that have screened bottoms.