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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
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    Buffalo,Tx
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    Default Help Me (What is this Pest)

    So, I just started beekeeping and I know that a few of my hives have small hive beetles. One of my hives died, on the bottom board there was about 1/2 inch or so of what looked like bee droppings. Maybe the bees never left the hive and made droppings in their hive because they were too worried about the small hive beetle infestation. In the 1/2 Inch of what I think was bee droppings in the bottom board were SOOOOOOO many larvae of something it was ridiculous. The larva was really squirmy and longer than an adult small hive beetle. They were also ALL IN the comb, and by all in the comb I mean they took it over. I need some help ASAP. What should I do with this hive, Remove it from the beeyard or what?

  2. #2
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    Mar 2013
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    Taylor County, Georgia, USA
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    Default Re: Help Me (What is this Pest)

    Sounds like one of your hives had more than a few small hive beetles. Those larva were SHB larva. They hatch out and eat the comb. Throw the slimy combs out, freeze the intact ones, and clean up that hive. What isn't destroyed can be reused.
    Try it. What could happen?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Johnson County, Indiana, USA
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    Default Re: Help Me (What is this Pest)

    Sounds like small hive beetle larvae to me, though a picture would help. You want to get those suckers dead, fast. You don't want them to escape into the soil where they will mature into adults. I'd dump the whole mess into a bucket of water to kill them. Personally, I'd also just burn the comb because I think they're a nasty mess. I'm not sure that's necessary though.
    Once the bee is inside, Mr. Veil is no longer your friend.

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