Hive Beetles in Ob hive
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  1. #1
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    Default Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    I have about 20 hive beetles in my Ob hive.
    Does anyone have any ideas on getting them out before it warms up and they start laying eggs?
    They are just hanging out in empty cells as I have the cover off allowing light in the hive.
    I tried luring them out with pieces of cantaloupe but that did not work.
    Zone 6b 1400'

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    Over 1000 views and no answer. Someone's gotta say something! As with any hive, a strong colony is your best weapon against SHB. As long as you keep them healthy, they should keep them corralled pretty well. I suppose you could wait for a warm day and take it outside to hunt and squash.

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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    Open it up and kill them one at a time. Use a chop stick or some blunt object small enough to fit the cell. Insert and smash them, the bees will clean them out. Maybe cut some swiffer pads thin enough to sit on the top bar of the frames. No way to lure them out, you'll have to open it up.

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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    You might try sticking a Q-tip in the cell hoping they snag their feet on it and then you will be able to drag them out.

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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    It would drive me crazy to see them in an OB hive and not be able to crush them. Hope you can get the out ASAP.

    NAncy

  7. #6
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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    I'd love to find out if this would work...
    http://www.laserpointerpro.com/attri...00mw-lasers_26
    Started April Fools Day 2017. 2 colonies, The plan, to be TF and foundationless.

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    Never would have thought of it but for R_V.
    Mean kid with magnifying glass & ant trick?
    It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
    They can learn them, they just can't do them.

  9. #8
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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    As long as you don't start the hive on fire... eek

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    Default Re: Hive Beetles in Ob hive

    on a serious note, if you have two frame per level or more you should be able to put beetle blasters on top of the frames
    Started April Fools Day 2017. 2 colonies, The plan, to be TF and foundationless.

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