Re: Anythin else I can do to control SHB
I think all of the ground pupating insects are really pushed back by drought. Since my ground is basically concrete right now, even the cicadas that normally hatch in may were slim, and I saw a dying one last week - which means it hatched in August (they live 3 weeks.)
I keep pondliner under my hives, and de under the pondliner, water the apiary very scarcely - just wildflowers and an elm back there. I did see a sudden burst of shb the last time we had rain, but not more than 9 in a hive, and I got at least half of those with my hive tool. I added beetle blasters right afterward, got about 3 per blaster, grapeseed or olive oil in the blasters. My hives are in sun over half of the day.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.