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    Angry Roaches

    Does anyone know what I can do about roaches in my hives?I have sevweral hive that as soon as I takethe top off I see roaches dissapear down in the hive.Sems like it is worse on the hive that I started from swarms from a tree

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    Default Re: Roaches

    borax (wash powder kind) in jelly in a container with a hole too small for the bees on the inner cover.
    good luck,mike
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    Roaches or palmetto bugs?
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    I do not believe borax is approved for use in beehives.
    Last edited by NasalSponge; 07-04-2010 at 11:33 AM. Reason: Inappropriate response.
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    Roaches are not a beekeeping problem. If they are living IN the hive, they may be a symptom that it is weak, but if they are on the inner cover etc. that's just normal.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I have a top bar hive which always has palmetto bugs under the cover above the top bars...no problem, they never bother the bees. I saw one get his "just rewards" when he fell inside one day.
    Borax (wash powder) can effectively used by putting inside corrugated plastic squares and sealing with crisco. When stapled to the bottom board the SHB are chased inside the corrugation where borax torches them. This is a risky method as you must ensure that none comes in contact with the bees. Taking these boards out can be a problem. Picked this up from "Fat Bee Man".

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    You don't need to staple the traps to the bottom board. The SHB can't lift and move them! LOL! Roaches and palmetto bugs live amicably with the bees if they can find a good hideout. When they leave that hideout they are hauling buggy, so I don't think the bees tolerate them crawling openly through the hive.

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    Default Re: Roaches

    Give the roaches the hive tool test. Problem solved.

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    If you can chase them out elevate the hive off the ground if it is on the ground.
    Walt

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    I have all of my hives setting on concrete blocks

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    Ditto what Michael Bush wrote.

    There are lots of other insects that live or just sometimes hang out in beehives. You'd have to put something in your hive that would kill all of them and your bees too. And you would still have some sort of insect living in your dead hive.

    Don't sweat it. They are harmless. To bees and to you.

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    If you've ever been squirted by a palmetto bug you wouldn't say they are harmless.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Never been squirted by one, but have them in my hives every year. They don't bother mee. But maybe you are different.

    Ever just give them the old hive tool test? Or are they too fast for ya?

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    The hive tool is to fast for them. It was the day I picked 1 up to have a good look at it and the backend was facing me. The taste and smell of what ever it squirted through my veil had me gagging and left an awful taste in my mouth for hours.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Ever ty that w/ a skunk?

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    OK so I should have looked before I posted a new thread..Palmetto bugs...
    From what everyone is stating these critters are not harmful to the hive, good. And yes this is a new, struggling colony and I think I have a lazy queen!

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    Default Re: Roaches

    Listen to Michael Bush.

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