Re: Anythin else I can do to control SHB
djs, so sorry to hear about the shb problem. we have them here too, and they cost me two hives last year.
hear is what i am doing now, and so far this year i haven't had any problems:
1. i use solid bottom boards.
2. my inner covers are notched front and back, but i have them screened.
these two things limit the entry of beetles and moths to the bottom entrance only, which is guarded well.
3. i keep my hives in mostly sun, with a little afternoon shade.
i tried locating some hives in shaded areas, and i helped a friend tend to his hives which are in mostly shade, and there were way more beetles in these hives. i moved mine back to a mostly sunny spot and now there are very few beetles.
4. i keep one disposable 'better beetle blaster' trap in every deep and medium box , (i get them from mann lake). i use regular vegatable oil in them, and i mix a little over-ripe banana and apple cider vinegar in with the oil. if i get a few beetles in a trap and the oil gets dingy, i'll replace it.
5. i try not to have much more space in the hive than there are bees to fill the space.
6. i only inspect the hives when needed, and i kill any loose beetles i find with tweezers.
even though i know there are beetles around, it's not too unusual to not see any running loose during an inspection, and i have some traps that are still beetle free since spring. so far so good this year.
i hate those little buggers.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf