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this is my first year @ bkeeping and i would like to keep everything as organic as possible should i put down some diatomaceous earthon the ground around the hives now to combat shb or am i jumping the gun?:s
 

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rain will eliminate any benefit from diatonomus earth. there are reports of lime killing SHB larvae and its good for most soils. put the earth inside the hive in a SHB trap. good luck,mike
 

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Get yourself some chickens who like to scratch and peck (and eat larvae) in the dirt around the hives.
I have some who love to do that and they never bother the bees.
 

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Someone had mentioned keeping game birds to deal with mites. That would require a screened bottom however.

What kind of poultry/game birds find small hive beetles delectable?
 
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