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  1. #1
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    Default Checkmite for SHB control

    I know its essentially worthless for mite control, but does anyone still use this for SHB and if so what is its effectiveness? This incredibly wet Spring and Summer we had has evidently been good for my SHB population and I fully expect to lose at least 2 hives before Spring. Ive already done traps, Gardstar drench, and full sun treatment without any positive effect.

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    Incredible..no one has any Shb problems that they have never used Checkmite on? I have plenty to get rid of if a person would like to experience the slimed frames themselves.

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    It is very effective against shb. Apparently every beetle that touches it dies. Just follow the directions.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    Try it. What could happen?

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    It is very effective against shb. Apparently every beetle that touches it dies. Just follow the directions.
    David, was it you that had the account of the super weak hive infested with SHB? I seem to remember you hung a couple of checkmite strips in there, fully expecting the hive to succumb to the beetles in no time flat, but the hive ended up bouncing back. I don't know where that post is.
    Try it. What could happen?

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    Here is the thread with David's post about Checkmite and SHB.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...les#post988473
    Graham
    -- The real problem is not precise language, it's clear language. - Richard Feynman

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    That hive eventually absconded, but that's really no surprise. I think the checkmite actually works better inside of a CD case or under corrugated plastic as reccomended because more beetles come in contact with it trying to hide. I think they have to touch it for it to work. Also, CD cases work great unless the bees propolize the holes - which of course they often do. The beetles have really been populous late this season.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    Quote Originally Posted by JStinson View Post
    Thank you - I couldnt find it.

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publ...F/FSA-7075.pdf
    Above is the Arkansas address for SHB treatment, it does not mention "DE" Dimotacious Earth (sp?) on the ground under and around the hive area. Has anyone tried this with or without success?

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    The problem with DE is that for it to be effective, it has to remain dry. Don't see how that would work in this situation unless you were in the desert. I've had limited success with it using it on my foundation house wall to keep ants at bay.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    Barry,
    We used "fossil flour", at the time we were told it was "DE" in our dairy cow grain ration, we were told by using it would kill the parasite in the cow stomach's without harm to the cows. A cow stomach (rumen) is wet and the fossil flour seemed to work??? It did eliminate the oder in the manure!

    I used "DE" on the ground under a hive with a severe ant problem, the ants went away!

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    Myron -

    I went and read the label on the DE I used. (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Safer-Bra...5#.UmV_6ySE5yc)
    Nothing about keeping it dry after application. I know I read it somewhere, on the internet probably! It's basically like shards of glass to the insects, actually cutting them as they move across it, correct?
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    OK, I found it.

    "One strange thing about diatomaceous earth is that for it to work on killing bugs, you have to keep it dry. Even morning dew can make diatomaceous earth ineffective."

    http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Checkmite for SHB control

    http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp
    Way more than you need to know about diatomaceous earth!

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