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  1. #1
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    May 2015
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    Default Small Hive Beetle Solution, that is inexpensive and easy

    Hi everyone,
    After years of suffering with comb damage and lost hives from the Small Hive Beetle, I finally found a way to keep them out of your hives for good. A simple strip cut from aluminum flashing and coated with Neverwet from Rustoleum Paints, then fastened to the bottom board with staples. I made a You Tube video explaining it step by step, (cut and paste link below to view). The only Hive Beetles I now see are on the outside the hive trying to get in and the Neverwet coated flange stops them. Make sure all cracks and openings are sealed and closed above the Neverwet coated flanges or they will find a way in. I caulk the seam between the hive body and bottom board and use 1/8" x 1/2" Polyethylene foam tape from Equal Seal between hive, supers and vent tops. This sounds like a lot of work but the coated strips last forever and the foam tape is easy to replace if needed.

    You Tube Link; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffnef...ature=youtu.be

  2. #2
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    May 2016
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    SE Michigan
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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetle Solution, that is inexpensive and easy

    Pretty informative video. Thanks. I wonder if this might have other applications as well. Perhaps as a hive stand material. What came to mind is legs coated with Neverwet to prevent ants and any other crawling pests out.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetle Solution, that is inexpensive and easy

    Hello 357,

    A person wrote to me and said he had a horrible ant problem, so he made a stand out of 4"x4" posts, he then put an oversized aluminum plate on top of each post. He didn't state the size of the plate but I would think a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" plate would work. He then built the hive stand on top of the Neverwet coated plates. He said later that the ants crawl up the post but couldn't get past the Neverwet coated plate barrier, which stopped his ant problem completely. That idea would work any crawling insect..... Good luck.
    Last edited by rjwil24600; 09-12-2016 at 08:49 PM.

  4. #4
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    winchester,Tenn
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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetle Solution, that is inexpensive and easy

    I ordered some never wet for my hives and the finish is kinda mealy not slick as glass I wonder if this it what it should be or did I do something wrong? I followed the instructions as I cut the metal bent it and them cleaned it with acetone and wiped it dry with a different cloth and then applied first coat and 45 minutes later applied 2 nd coat.The finish is not real slik like I supposed it would be it is kinda rough is this correct?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Small Hive Beetle Solution, that is inexpensive and easy

    Blacksheep,
    That is the way it dries, to a dull opaque rough surface....

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