Re: SHB Discussions please.
We don't have them in my country but I've done a lot of research incase they get here. I also went to Australia for a look. For a small beekeeper with time to manage it, my reading, is a screened BB with oil tray underneath gets the best reviews from users. Other methods get good reviews and bad reviews.
The way I've read it, when the beetles move around the hive the bees harrass them and screened BBd's designed to encourage the beetles to escape down through and into the oil work best, also takes advantage of the larvaes natural desire to escape downwards to find a quiet place to pupate. There are many success stories of people with major problems who got it cleaned up using a screened bb and oil pan.
If beetles get here, that's what I'll be doing. Not sure how the oil pan is regarded here on the TF forum although sticky boards for mite counting are accepted so similar principle.
Last edited by Oldtimer; 12-11-2012 at 01:11 PM.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).