Re: Adding Frames and Fighting Beetled
I don't have hive beetles so it's hard to have an opinion for you. All I can say is if you add a box without it being full of frames, you're asking for other kinds of trouble. Bees may start drawing wild comb in the open spaces. Bees can't environmentally control the open spaces as well without combs to be on. But as I say, I don't have hive beetles. If it was me, I'd add the box with all combs in it. I'd also pull up a couple combs of open larva into the new box to get the bees up into it quicker. Good luck to ya.
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed. I treat, but have not perfected varroa management yet.