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I wasn’t sure to post here or in the pest/disease section, so here goes: Has anyone heard, or incorporated, a pvc elbow facing down as an entrances? These are placed at the upper portion of the hive box. A solid foundation board is utilized instead of a normal bottom board. I have heard that small hive beetles cannot hover, therefore they are less able or unable to gain access into the hive. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks, and happy Memorial Day to you all! God bless the U.S.A.!,,


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Has anyone heard, or incorporated, a pvc elbow facing down as an entrances? These are placed at the upper portion of the hive box. A solid foundation board is utilized instead of a normal bottom board. I have heard that small hive beetles cannot hover, therefore they are less able or unable to gain access into the hive. Any info would be appreciated.
That's what this guy on YouTube says (starting at 13:07): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QE2FhIVNTI

And you know if some guy says it on YouTube it must be true.
 

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Same way they do when you use a robbing screen. They pick them up, carry them outside, and fly away with them. If I were to use any sort of PVC fittings in a hive, I would sand the surfaces the bees need to walk on as the plastic is very slick.

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I wasn’t sure to post here or in the pest/disease section, so here goes: Has anyone heard, or incorporated, a pvc elbow facing down as an entrances? These are placed at the upper portion of the hive box. A solid foundation board is utilized instead of a normal bottom board. I have heard that small hive beetles cannot hover, therefore they are less able or unable to gain access into the hive. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks, and happy Memorial Day to you all! God bless the U.S.A.!,,


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I installed the pvc elbow on my hive box, and spotted hive beetles entering it. I had heard hive beetles can not fly up, but hey, I spotted them walking into the entrance. I also noticed hive beetles hiding inside openings of the closed main entrance below the pvc elbow entrance, in the Apimaye Hive. I taped all opening with guerilla tape, added an unscented Swiffer Sheet to the top left rear corner of the top box, a window screen across the top box, and line the bottom board pan with aluminum foil because the pan has little hole in it, and filled it with mineral oil. Both the Swiffer Sheet and the pan of oil are catching many hive beetles as of Oct 10, 2021.
 
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