Being a beekeeper that does not use chemicals or medicines I was wondering about controlling what I saw as a potential problem from small hive beetles. I never saw an abundance of them, but sometimes as many as 5-8 during a hive inspection, which I promptly killed. I don't believe I have a problem with SHB, but I want to make sure I don't in the future.
I stumbled on a You Tube video from Florida State University where they talked about Nematodes to control SHB. After further research I contact Southeastern Insectaries last night and just asked a general question, expecting perhaps an email answer "down the road". The owner of the company called me this morning and we had a great 1/2 hour long conversation. Phil is a real decent guy and after several questions I will be spreading nematodes this spring, at $25 for 5 million nematodes, I think it money well spent at giving the bees one less headache to deal with. Thoughts? Anyone else use them?