Re: Small Hive beetle
lost a couple of weak hives last year from shb and wax moths combined.
this year, all of my hives that are in mostly sun haven't had many beetles at all.
a couple of my hives that were in mostly shade, even for just a week, had more than i could count. i moved them to a more sunny location and the problem was solved.
i do try to keep my hives strong, and don't give them any more space than they can patrol.
i also have a disposable beetle trap in every box, use solid bottom boards, and have window screen covering the notches in my inner covers.
so far so good this year.
journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives