I've been wondering for a long time whether beetle traps should be considered as treatments.
My hives don't suffer from SHBs though they are around and I do see them in the hives pretty regularly. But it still begs the question.
Here are some thoughts. Beetle traps are placed in the hive, but they aren't treating the bees. The contents of the trap should never under normal circumstances come in contact with the bees unlike every other treatment as we have defined them. Another question is whether or not the bees are able or ever would be able to deal with beetles on their own or whether as some may have claimed with varroa that they would kill off all the bees given the chance. Are the bees dependent on the traps or are they in use for the sake of production?
What are your thoughts?