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    Default Shb eggs ? !?

    Around here, we have all been told that when you harvest honey supers.. extract them quickly..dont leave them laying around in the honey house for several days. The hive beetles will lay eggs and ruin your crop. This week a non-beekeeper asked me a question. "Well, since you can certainly end up with a couple of beetles in those harvested supers.. what if they do lay an egg or have already prior to you extracting.. what happens to the egg ? Would they hatch out in the honey ?

    It got me to thinking... if we extract a frame of honey that does have a SHB egg on it.. where does it go ? Caught in the bowl strainer I certainly hope

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    Default Re: Shb eggs ? !?

    That is a good question. I have never thought about it. Everytime I extract I see a few beetles but have never seen larva in any of my hives. Wish I could help, maybe someone will give us an answer.

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    The SHB eggs are pearly white and about 1.5 x 0.25 mm, two-thirds the size of honey bee eggs so if your filter or screen will filter that size you are good to go. I put my honey in the freezer for 48 hours to kill any eggs or larvae that may be in the honey.
    Just some thoughts.

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    Default Re: Shb eggs ? !?

    I was just asking Adolphus Leonard, our State Inspector, this question yesterday. They will be strained out, but it's best if the frame is frozen first and then thawed and extracted. I'm so fearful of these little buggers now that I freeze all my honey frames before extracting.

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    "They will be strained out, but it's best if the frame is frozen first and then thawed and extracted."

    Tia,
    Wouldn't it be just as effective to freeze the jars of honey insted of freezing frames thawing and extracting?
    Just some thoughts.

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    Oh man ! No way do I have the time/space to freeze each frame in 15 honey supers.

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    Default Re: Shb eggs ? !?

    Ski, the purpose of freezing the frames is to kill the eggs on the frames. I'm not so worried about eggs in the honey because they'll be strained out. But after you've extracted, the frames aren't completely dry and the SHB eggs can hatch and feed on that remaining honey. Then when you store the boxes, they can have a party at your expense.

    CD, I hear you. . .I must confess, I bought a chest freezer specifically for the task of freezing all my supers. I fill it up, let it set for 24-36 hrs, and when I take them out, I move on to the next batch. Actually, it goes faster than you might think. I just hate those little buggers so much, I don't want to take any chances!

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