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  1. #1
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    Default What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    I understand and am dealing with the small hive beetles; it's a continuous battle, but I also have these small, gray things that look very much like small "sow bugs". Anyone know what they are or anything about them. How do I get rid of THEY; you'd think that small hive beetles would be enough. These things multiply like flies. How do you kill 'em?

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    In a hive with too much humidity I have seen sow bugs...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    Thanks, Mike. I really don't think that these are actual sow bugs. They just look at a small version of such, and they're almost as bothersome as small hive beetles, but I haven't seen any indication of their doing any harm... just BEING there in the hives where they have no business.

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    Mike, I just Googled, and shore nuff, they're sowbugs. Maybe they'll leave when it gets cold. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, they're in every little crack and corner of the two hives.

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    I consider sow bugs in the hive a sign that the humidity in the hive is too high...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    I consider sow bugs in the hive a sign that the humidity in the hive is too high...
    I agree. They seem to be gone now for some unknown-to-me reason.

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    I have these too but they are too small to be sow bugs.

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    Default Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    I call them "deck bugs", because they're always on our wooden deck.
    Christy
    Beekeeping, working mom of 2 little future beekeepers in Pennsylvania.

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