Re: Newbie from the Crystal Coast of NC!
Welcome. I'm a newbie with only one hive so I can't give you much advice. I've opted for being treatment free on the bees and letting them take care of things in the hive. Everyone has small hive beetles. If the colony is strong the bees will keep them under control. Wax moths are a different animal. I've seen my bees dragging out wax moth larvae and haven't seen any infestation so I guess they're keeping that under control as well. Sounds like you've done pretty well as a first year beek. Good luck with your hives this winter.
Average is just as close to the bottom as it is to the top.