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  1. #1
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    Default bees trapping shb

    I was going threw my hives doing mite counts and looking for beetles. i noticed one of my hives had a big clump of wax on the inner cover. i cut it off and it was full of beetles like the bees had caged them up. am i thinking of this the wrong way or do i need to worry about a beetle infestation.

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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    You need to think about how to prevent a beetle infestation, but what your bees are doing is good. Goood bees.
    since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    You need to think about how to prevent a beetle infestation, but what your bees are doing is good. Goood bees.
    i purchased some hives from a guy selling out. when i got them home his hives where full of beetles and mites. i saw very few beetles before this. so i think thats where they came from.

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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    It doesn't really matter where they come from. The're coming.
    since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    people around me have a lot of hive beetles they keep traps on there hives year round. I have some good bees because the amount of beetles in there hives scare the heck out of me. they have had beetle problems for a few years now, one yard 2 miles from me. i have never treated my bees for mites or beetles. i have purchased queens from people that say they are treatment free. i got queens from glen, nwc, russians and beeweaver. i do sugar rolls about once month just to see how things are going. here is a my queen from a beeweaver vs non vsh italian queen from some website i did this weekend.



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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    I used to have a lot of beetles in my hive until I installed a oil pan. Now the bees chase them out and instead of just climbing back up they drown. I've only seen 1 loose beetle since I installed it . I also have installed guards at the entrances. The bees attracted them but they stay for the beetles

    Gene
    http://s230.photobucket.com/user/Gen...0b75b.jpg.html

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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    +1 on the traps, they are expensive, but I buy one for every hive now.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    +2 on the traps. They're highly effective.

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    Default Re: bees trapping shb

    Check this thread for a new idea;

    Thread: Crikey, could this be a world record SHB kill?
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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