The UK will soon have Small Hive Beetles in their area. It's only a matter of time before honey bee imports from Europe infest the country. It may be that the temperatures and soil types in the UK will result in only minor damage by SHB.
In this country, SHB are a real problem in some areas, while in other places only a minor nuisance. It seems that in warmer areas of the southeast US, SHB can over run honey bee colonies, and be a real issue with small mating nucs. Up here in the northeast, I see a few beetles in the summer, a few larvae here and there, and once in awhile, I see some in my hot room.
So, I'm attempting to discover just where and how far north on the east coast of the US SHB and a real issue.
For instance, in North Carolina, there are 3 zones...costal, piedmont, and mountains. I know that in the coastal regions, with high temperatures and lighter soils, SHB can be overwhelming. In the Piedmont, they are less of an issue, but still a possible issue, while in the mountains much less of an issue. Have I got it right?
So I'm wondering just how far north SHB can be an overwhelming problem, a minor problem, or nor real problem at all.
Please report your state, the area within that state, soil types, temperatures, and to what degree Small Hive Beetles effect your apiaries.