Well yall folks up north might have to worry about temperatures (we claim above I-10 is north, ) more than us beeks along the gulf coast, but I beat yall don't have to worry about hive beetles on January 4th. Cracked my hives today cause the temps are in upper 50s and I wanted to check on things. Saw 2 queens out of the 4 hives I had and they are raising some young. Plus I have a new hive from a cut out from an electrical box on the 31st. Those ladies are chewing through a lot of capped honey and heck I might have some empty comb in a month or two if that keeps up.
But also found crawling hive beetles in 2 of the hives. Found 3 of them in one hive, grrr, thought those things were gone until spring. Thought about doing a sugar shake test for mites, but temperatures should be into 20s over next few nights so didn't want to disturb them much more.
Guess I need to look at traps of some sort.