Small Hive Beetles (SHB) have just arrived in our area this year. Or so it seems anyway as our club members start to report incidents. During inspections of my hives this past weekend I found beetles in two of 13 hives. Surely overlooked some. My questions are these:
If these are female beetles I'm seeing, when should I expect egg laying to begin?
Typically I super my colonies near the end of March, checker-boarding and just stacking on a few extra. With beetles present should I adopt a different approach?
I treat my stored supers with Xentari. Will this product kill the SHB larva as it does the wax moth larva?
Has anyone thought of a means to capture/kill beetles that you observe on the comb during inspection? A vacuum, mineral oil spray, needle-nose pliers?
Thanks for your responses in advance. I'm hoping to have some information to put out to club members at our February workshop.
Colonial Beekeepers Association