Place the hive in full sun, beetle traps, no cracks or places for the beetles to hide and entrance reducer!
What do you mean by rebuild? If you see a few hive beetles that may be normal and there isn't anything that needs to be done. If you mean a hive that is loaded with shb larvae....that is an entirely different thing.is a hive able to rebuild and overcome the beetle on it's own
I have not made my own SBB or traps...my hives have purchased SBB...but greenbeehive.com has DIY plans for building SHB traps. I have been giving some consideration to giving that kit a try...or asking DH to try it for meI understand the theory behind diatomaceous earth as it kills a lot of insects such as ants, bed bugs, roaches and such, but is it also harmful to bees.
Has anyone here made their own screened bottom boards or traps?
I build my own design and so far had very good luck with them. Plans are on my website. Oil traps seem to work very well controlling beetles and ants and a few other things too. I have lost hives to beetles--what a disgusting mess!-- and would not consider keeping bees here without oil traps.Has anyone here made their own screened bottom boards or traps?
No kidding on the bucket fulls. I checked one yard yesterday and the entire inner cover was covered in beetles. So I took it off the hive and used a propane torch on the little buggers. Sooo satisfying :banana:>Has anyone here made their own screened bottom boards or traps?
Yes, I made a trap for tapping beetles outside the hive.
Use broken comb, comb with SHB slime or cappings as bait.
You Alabamians will get buckets full!