Re: Hive Beetle Question
seeing one or two is almost the norm in my part of the country. the goal is to help the bees help themselves so that a female shb doesn't lay eggs in the hive. it is the shb larvae that are destructive, so my goal is to hopefully not ever see shb larvae.
this is what has worked for me so far:
1. my hives get full sun, with maybe a little late afternoon shade.
2. i have at least one disposable beetle trap in each box, (i get these from mann lake, use regular vegegable oil mixed with a little bait made from overipe bananas and apple cider vinegar).
3. i try not give any more space, (boxes), than the bees can use and patrol.
4. i keep a tweezers handy when doing inspections and kill every beetle i can.
5. i think my bees are fairly hygenic, as they aggressively chase, coral, and propilize for eternity most of the loose beetles in the hive.
6. i have a vented inner cover, but the vents are screened, and i use solid bottom boards.
i did have one colony abscond last year, (luckily i caught them), when a combination of shb and wax moths infested their hive. i was able to freeze and reuse the drawn comb.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf