Beneficial Nematodes for SHB
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  1. #1
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    Default Beneficial Nematodes for SHB

    I took a walloping last year on bees due to inattention from my part. I bred more SHB than bees, and I'm wondering how effective nematodes are for knocking SHB numbers down. I know what I need to do from a management perspective to help the bees out, but I'd like to at least try and undo some of the damage I did last year. Anyone have any experience they'd like to share regarding nematodes?
    Season 5. TF.

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    Default Re: Beneficial Nematodes for SHB

    I used them last year. But I also got hit with pesticides last year and lost half the bees overnight. Then the small hive beetles took over the now weak hives. So I can't say if the nematodes failed or not. This year will probably be the better test of success or failure...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Thanks MB. Sorry to hear about your bees. I may give the nematodes a try and see what happens.
    Season 5. TF.

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