SHB came to Queensland about 8 or so years ago and they have spread really fast.
On the 12. 12. 09 I took honey off my hives but one had insufficient capped honey and I left it.
Forward 10 days: I noticed a brown liquid oozing out of the entrance. I opened the hive to find only a small number of bees but loads of SHB plus maggots galore ( from the SHB). The honey had fermented and the smell was not very pleasant.
It took me 1/2 a day to clean up the mess. The story goes that bees will not touch equipment affected by SHB. I cut all the foundation out and bagged it for the garbage. I soaked the frames ( to kill any beatles, eggs and larve) cleaned the frames, scrubbed them with Sugar Soap and rinsed them with a pressure hose - the bees are stiil hanging around these apparently very clean frames. To me it looks like they like the smell.
There is a lot of work being done with traps and also natural fungi and spraying the soil around the hive ( which i will not do).
I would expect that it will be very difficult to split off nuc's without them sliming. I have heard many such stories from more coastal beek's but this is my first experience with a relatively strong hive.
I keep my bees in the poultry yard and till now it has helped - or so I believe - to keep SHB numbers down, I see some but few. They must be able to build-up really fast.