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  1. #1
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    Default Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    Does anyone have any information on how the polar vortex might affect SHB viability? Here in Northern Indiana we have had -15 degree temps for two days. My hives have insulation boxes around them to protect from the -40-degree windchill. I am mainly curiously about SHB not overwintering in the hive. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    I was wondering this very question earlier this morning as I was thawing a water pipe in my mud room.....
    A man is worth just as much as the things about which he busies himself- Marcus Aurelius

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    Here ya go! Looks like we need to take some temp readings in the soil!

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633242/
    A man is worth just as much as the things about which he busies himself- Marcus Aurelius

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    They curl up tighter in the cluster of bees. SHB are now to burrow 6 feet so most in the ground will be okay. but worse the adults are warm and cozy in any living hive.

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    Those suckers are tough, they hang right in there with the cluster of bees, my deadouts lately had shb on the bottom board mixed right in with the dead bees.

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    Seems SHB are an issue in Michigan... so I wouldn't count on their demise... but I think a hard freeze will put a dent in the pupae in the soil...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    Thank you! I'm pretty sure our soil is frozen quite a ways down!

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    Welcome!
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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    Thank you, AmericasBeekeeper. I should have done a proper introduction first and posted this elsewhere. I'll do that now. I'm just learning to navigate around!

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    Default Re: Polar Vortex and Small Hive Beetles

    BTW - can't wait to meet you in person at the Kalamazoo Bee School. I have your book The Practical Beekeeper and enjoyed it immensely. Last year was my first year as a beekeeper, but towards the end of the summer I got brave and started letting my bees draw their own comb on frames as you described. It was very fun to watch. I hope both hives make it through the winter. I want to try raising some queens!

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