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  1. #1
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    Default Small Hive Beetles?????

    Our new hive is only two weeks old today and upon my second inspection I think we have a SHB. I attached two photos, one of the beetle and one of the larvae in the bottom. The larvae looks like wax moth??? Is this normal to have these pests at only two weeks with all new equipment? Where did they come from? What to do?

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    My guess is due to a new colony without a build up of bees is why they invaded.
    Last edited by tibadoe; 05-23-2013 at 03:26 PM.
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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetles?????

    Yep, I think so too.
    Yes, the beetles and the moths both fly so they can show up at any time. Was the moth larva in an out of the way unprotected part of the hive? Most strong hives will keep them under control.

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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetles?????

    Quote Originally Posted by johng View Post
    .............Was the moth larva in an out of the way unprotected part of the hive?...........
    Found the larva on the bottom board of the hive up against the entrance reducer.
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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetles?????

    I've been told that SHB can come in the package with the bees. I think mine must have or those boogers have real good noses. I am in a very remote area with no known honey bee hives for miles.

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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetles?????

    Yep that is SHB, and they will get in strong colonies the bees will chase them around but they still can get out of hand. I use beetle blasters. You are supposed to use guardstar with the beetle blasters but they keep them in check enough never fooled with guardstar. A strong hive will keep the wax moth in check. They are everywhere they are the little grey moths you see outside around your porch light.
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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetles?????

    That's SHB all right. I had a weak hive last year that was eaten up by them, with hundreds of larvae eating everything in sight. I've started using a Freeman trap (I make my own) and I can't recommend them highly enough. These days I use diatomaceous earth in my Freeman, not oil. These traps break their life cycle by catching beetle and larvae both, as the larvae leave to pupate in the ground. If you use this trap expect to see a significant beetle kill the first and probably 2nd night (they come in the evening), then the kill numbers will start to decline as your bees gain the edge on them. As of now, they're a secondary pest for me.

    Of course, that could change as we're just now getting to the hot months where they thrive. My beetle trauma hasn't left me so I'm working on a prototype for an entrance trap - most all of the current traps seem flawed in that they trap beetles *after* they're in the hive. Why let them in at all if you can avoid it

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetles?????

    The larve looks like a SHB larve to me. SHB are just part of having bees. I put some type of trap in all my hives

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