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  1. #1
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    Default SHB destruction *graphic*

    A little background info:
    First year bee keeper, I have 2 hives that I set up about 6 weeks ago, they were both started from 5 frame nucs. THey were installed in basic 10 frame hives. I've been feeding sugar syrup from day one. I've also noticed beetles from the first inspection, but not over whelming, maybe 10 or 15 each time. One hive was stronger than the other from the get go but not enough to be a concern.

    SHB invades:
    Last week I walked to my hive to have a look at what was going on. I wasn't planning on opening them up, just look from a nice, safe, 10ish feet away. I noticed small maggots on the entrance of the weaker hive. Grabbed the suit and lit the smoker. It was awful. So I acted quickly, removed all the frames, 4 were still in great shape with no sign of damage, I threw them in a nuc box I had. About half of the bees were left behind so I put new frames with new foundation hoping to save them. Checked the other hive, no damage, pulled one frame with capped brood and put it in the nuc box with the 4 frames from the other hive.

    Today:
    Nuc box was toast, pictures below. Turns out my queen went with the nuc, it was the first time I had seen her. She was deformed, her abdomen was pushed in on one side. I assume I squished her at some point.

    There were still plenty of bees left in the first hive, but they hadn't drawn out any comb and had no chance of surviving with no queen and no brood, eggs, ect. So I very carefully combined what was left of the first hive, with the stronger second hive. I made sure no beetles, eggs, or maggots went with them.

    I first hive seemed to ignore the beetles. Interestingly, the stronger hive always seemed to have bees just chasing them around. Not sure if they were actually able to catch them, but they would constantly chase.

    Anyways, I nuked the nuc and all the beetles and disgusting little creatures are dead now.










  2. #2
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    Taylor County, Georgia, USA
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    Default Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    SB damage is the worse. Yours is particularly bad.

    I first hive seemed to ignore the beetles. Interestingly, the stronger hive always seemed to have bees just chasing them around. Not sure if they were actually able to catch them, but they would constantly chase.
    That's the key to SHB control. Having enough bees in there to keep them running around. If the beetles are running around, they can't lay eggs. Also, a strong hive can take care of the larvae pretty easily too.


    Anyways, I nuked the nuc and all the beetles and disgusting little creatures are dead now.
    You can just clean it all up with water and let it dry. No need to nuke it all. The frames, of course, are trash.
    Try it. What could happen?

  3. #3
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    Newnan, Ga. USA
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    Default Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    Sorry to hear and see....I HATE those things!

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    Default Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    THAT is gross.

  5. #5
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    Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
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    Default Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    that is really awful!

    what a horrible thing to have happen to you

    I hope we never get SHB in our country

  6. #6
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    Default Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    That is one of the most putrid, disgusting things I have seen in a hive. I think I would have burned it too; just for the annihilation factor. Whoever finds the way to rid America of the SHB will be a hero. Sorry you had to deal with those nasty things.
    No one famous.

  7. #7
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    Crystal Water, Queensland, Australia
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    Default Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    "I hope we never get SHB in our country "

    You will. They have moved to cooler parts of Australia.

  8. #8
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    Crystal Water, Queensland, Australia
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    Default Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    Reading the responses I find the same questions turn up. Michael B and others have been dealing with this issue for years.

    Here are some summaries which should be useful: http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agricultur...eekeeping-pest

    and

    http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agricultur...eekeeping-pest

    I live near the epicenter of SHB investation in Australia and while we all wish they had never arrived, it is possible to keep bees even here.
    I change my traps ( I found the ones from MannLake and using DE most successful) every 3 weeks during the season - when the weather is warm and humid. I just about always see at least a few SHB when I open a hive but losses like the one shown above is a very rare event.
    Don't give up - try again.

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