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  1. #1
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    Jun 2008
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    Monroe NC
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    Default Best option to combat SHB

    I know most people say a strong hive will combat them
    but Ive ALWAYS had them in every hive Ive had

    this year my best strongest hive has em and Im ready to act

    I must have counted 60+
    I know I smashed 30-35 upon todays inspection and this hive is really strong

    Ive read about different traps with mixed results

    what do you guys do THAT WORKS

  2. #2
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    Walker, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Best option to combat SHB

    What works for me is the SBB over a pan of mineral oil. I am amazed at the number of dead beetles I find in those babies! Since I build all my own equipment, I built my own version of an IPM bottom board and have used them all summer with great results. You are welcome to check them out--I put the instructions on my website--or you can buy something similar ready-made from most bee supplier.

    The only time they have not worked is when I put on hive top feeders (FatBeeMan's design) so I add one of his boric acid traps and that handles that problem. I only have that problem with the feeders because the bees cannot get to the beetles up there. But in the whole rest of the hive the problem is well handled by my bottom board oil pans.

    HTH

    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Best option to combat SHB

    Excellent! I make most of my own stuff and occasionally buy certain items

    Do you have a link to your design?
    Id love to get on it right away

    Is it too late in the year to put em on now ?
    wait till next year or install em now?

  4. #4
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    Mar 2010
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    Walker, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Best option to combat SHB

    Click on Rusty's Bees and then the link for the IPM Bottom Board.

    They are quick and easy to make. I just built another one this week and added it to my last hive. I now have them on all my hives!

    (As you can see from the site pix, I am not the greatest carpenter, but the bottom boards still work nicely!)

    HTH

    Rusty
    Rusty Hills Farm -- home of AQHA A Rusty Zipper & Rusty's Bees ( LC and T)

  5. #5
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    Apr 2013
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    Jemison, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Best option to combat SHB

    I agree with Rusty and I also make my on ipm bottom board but for my oil pan i use a lunch room type plastic tray
    Insect farming is soooo interesting :)

  6. #6
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    Jul 2013
    Location
    Palm beach Florida USA
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    Default Re: Best option to combat SHB

    I put my bottom board on backwards and upside down. i made it so i could use it for an oil pan. I'm waiting for the bees that always stay on the screen bottom to stop and then I will add some oil.
    I have 5 unused frames and they are covered with shb's. Each frame has 10-15 and that's a lot. I don't see any damage yet but it's starting to worry me. My trap had at least another 30. I spoke to a lady who does commercial beekeeping and she said they use the beetle blaster with dusting every week. I plan on killing all I can first and then dusting and checking the oil pan a couple hrs later. The good news is the bees seem to handle them .

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