Okay, I'm in the planning stages to get set up for next season. No boxes yet. In the distant past I kept bees pre mite and long before SHB and would run my boxes with a top entrance by just sliding the top super over about a half an inch and the bees did just fine even through winter. Back then moths were the only real issue and if the ladies stayed strong the moths were not an issue. I read that strong is also the first line defense against SHB but I also see that SHB can hit in numbers enough to overwhelm the slightest weakness in a colony so am I right in thinking that the old slide/prop a box top entrance is out?
Here's what I'm thinking. Entrance traps (beetlejail) combined with SBB traps. For ventilation a quilt constructed with screening to exclude beetles and if a top entrance is desired to adapt an entrance trap with a shim to slide between the quilt and super.