Re: Location question
mine have done the best facing southeast to get the morning and midday sun, with a wind break to the northwest, and getting late afternoon shade in the summer months. there's some wind break to the southeast too, but far enough away to not block the morning sun.
for beetles, i put a disposable trap in each box, (got mine from mann lake), and try to manage the room in the hive so that it's mostly full of bees. i use solid bottom boards, with screened vents in the inner cover. plus, i leave a few fire ant mounds near the bee yard.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf