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  1. #1
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    Default Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    I just lost a hive to shb, around July 4th, I burned all the frames. Then I bought Jerry Freeman's beetle trap and put on my other hive. When I checked it yesterday, there were some dead beetles in it, and something that looked like lots of tiny brown egg sacks all in the water. They didn't look like mites. I put water with a heavy dose of Lemon Joy in the tray. It killed about 100 the first day I had it installed, which was about 2 weeks ago. I was wondering if it could be beetle eggs? or mite eggs? I have some Minnesota Hygenic Italians.

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    I checked the hive today, still getting beetles in the trap (sure glad of that). I didn't see anything out of ordinary, didn't see any mites on bees, no beetle larva. In fact every frame in the top deep was filled with honey, most capped some not, one frame was freshly drawn comb on one side, not completely and they were already filling the fully drawn cells, the other side of the frame was completely filled with capped honey. There were maybe 3 or 4 frames with small areas of brood, some sealed and some were in grub stage, not sealed yet, I didn't see the queen. There weren't any new laid eggs. we have been having temps in the mid 90's so I am wondering if the queen is taking a break? When is the time this usually happens?

    There were about the same number of beetles corralled in "beetle jail", just under the inner cover, which I killed 3/4 of them, a few got away.

    I am wondering if the egg sacs are beetle eggs the bees are pulling and dropping and they are falling into the tray? There are a few ants, not many, and some of them are dead in the soapy water of the trap.

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    Can you post a picture?

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    Why did you burn the frames for SHB damage?

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    Quote Originally Posted by tecrench View Post
    Can you post a picture?
    Well, I got a couple pics, but couldn't figure out how to post them here, and I don't have another place to link them from....

    Challenger, I burned the frames because they were so nasty and after laying out to let ants and bees clean up the mess, the sun melted the plastic. I also was told by a more experienced bee keeper that is what he did, and I saw a post somewhere where someone said the bees wouldn't even go onto the frames after being slimed. I guess the smell?

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    Well, I finally found how to fix my photo problem, so here are the 2 pics I have... these were only in the tray for a week or so, now I don't see any.
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    My guess is that those dark specks are larval feces.
    LeeB
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    With plastic foundation it is very easy to clean up slimed frames in bleach water.
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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    Mite Poop.

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    I think vegetable oil might be working better for me than water with detergent.

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    Default Re: Something that looks like tiny brown egg sacs

    I had heard raccoons love to drink vegetable oil and will tear apart your hive to get to that tray. I tried it and found some scratch marks around the back of my hive, and the tray was pulled out a couple of inches.... so I went back to soap and water...

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