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  1. #1
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    Nov 2010
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    Kaukauna, WI
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    Default ground under hives

    Hi
    newbie here. Hopefully will be getting my bees this week or next. I have read that SHB larva live in the ground under hives, what can I put down so they cannot live there? Would stone work, 3/4" limestone that has sharp edges?

    thanks
    gary

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    Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA
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    Default Re: ground under hives

    placing your hive in full sun is one of the best things to help combat SHB.
    ...This, and my heart, and all the Bees
    Which in the Clover dwell.

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    Default Re: ground under hives

    You have SHB in Wisconsin??
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: ground under hives

    If they don`t they will have so start now for prevention.
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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    Default Re: ground under hives

    Don't worry about SHB in the ground. They don't go to the ground to pupate until after they've destroyed the hive. You shouldn't have them in WI anyway, unless it's a few hitchhikers in packages.

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    Default Re: ground under hives

    I think they are actually a problem in both Wisconsin and Michigan. It must be the sandy soil.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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