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  1. Diseases and Pests
    Can CheckMite plus kill honeybees? I had a terrible SHB problem. I put a few strips in each of 2 supers, upper and lower, 8 frame deeps. I have noticed a couple dozen dead bees in the front of the hive (on the ramp) a couple of days later. They were all small bees, like nurse bees. It might be...
  2. Diseases and Pests
    When I lived in the north I didn't even know what SHBs were. After moving to South Carolina I became acquainted with these evil, hive destroying creatures. As far as pests go the small hive beetle is my worst nightmare. As I've mentioned before I have Minnesota Hybrids and haven't treated for...
  3. Welcome Forum
    Hello all, I'm new to this forum. I'm looking forward to learning together.
  4. Diseases and Pests
    Last year we got a few 3# packages from down south and installed them on frames from deadout hives. We anticipated that this approach (rather than starting them on foundation) would give the bees a head start on getting established. These packages unfortunately introduced us to small hive...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    This needs to be clarified before too many people lose there bees. I have noticed that too many people confuse Beetle Blaster (oil filled) with Beetle Baffles (slippery strips of metal). Beetle Blasters are filled with oil and placed between frames, usually in the top of the hive. Beetle Baffles...
  6. Diseases and Pests
    FYI. Last year beekeepers in Northern California we’re starting to notice Small Hive Beetles in their hives. The feelings were they were coming in with the migratory beekeepers and we are still waiting to see if they overwinter here and can survive our dry summers. Randy Oliver told our club...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hey, All! I've been busy working on a design that will hopefully help control small hive beetles while also making feeding the bees a quick and easy job. Using this design, I'm currently able to feed my bees directly below the cluster, which means during cold weather they don't have to travel...
  8. Bee Forum
    My hive has a few. Honey flow is strong right now. Hive appears strong & active. But, noticed 3 small hive beetles inspecting today. Does anyone have thoughts on what is the best treatment? Thanks... Chip
  9. Diseases and Pests
    Could chickens in the beeyard help with Small hive beetles? I was reading somewhere that someone was doing this. Do you think it could make a significant difference?
  10. Diseases and Pests
    Second year beekeeper with 2 hives in close proximity to one another. We're in the piedmont of NC where we have warm summers, high humidity and right now lots of sunshine - no frost yet. Both of our hives have done fairly well this year though honey stores have never been strong. Both hives were...
  11. Bee Forum
    I am a new beekeeper, started this spring with 4 hives. The literature I read didn't adequately capture the scope of SHB's ability to access a hive so I have been making adjustments. I started by installing beetle barns but they were only catching 1 or 2 before being sealed up by the bees. I...
  12. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Preface: Yet another Novice Beekeeper here, so please keep in mind that I'm learning and am apt to make mistakes. I started in early May with a package of mostly syrup drowned bees and a Buckfast Queen, then in Mid-May with a package of replacement bees and an Italian Queen. I ended up...
  13. Bee Forum
    Do they hibernate or die? If so at what temperature does that happen?
  14. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Have lots of beetles in comb, no screened bottom board in top bar hive, which is in full sun. What to do?
  15. Beekeeping 101
    I have found some small hive beetles in my hive recently. I would like your opinions on which method you use to deal with SHB's. Also, if you could tell me why you prefer your solution as opposed to others, that would be helpful. Thanks in advance for your response!
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