Re: Lots of beetles, no apparent problem
There was a time when I would open a hive and see dozens of small hive beetles on the inner cover and my heart would sink. I’ve since changed my view. The most important quality of beetle suppression, in my opinion, are bees that drive them as far away from the brood nest as possible….and its hard to get much further than the top of an inner cover. The colonies that are in distress are the ones with beetles all over the comb in the brood area.
Make no mistake….sequestering beetles away from the nest takes a toll on the colony but in areas of big beetle populations it is the best defense….again, in my opinion.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson