Re: Now that small hive beetles are a problem . . .
Our beekeepers association made a group buy of nematodes from Eastern Insectiaries (IIRC) [correction: Southeastern Insectaries] this past spring. Take a pkg of the nematodes/carrier and swish it around in some water, then pour on the ground near and under your apiary. SHB larvae that drop from the hive seeking to pupate in the ground never come back up. They become nematode food.
This might work for you. Might also not. The suggestion of traps from JOHaro also is good, and I have such traps for my colonies. I didn't have a noticeable problem with SHB last year, but that might not be due to me.
Last edited by DerTiefster; 01-22-2017 at 11:40 PM.
"I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong." (heard often from the late David Sebree) Still making them, myself