Does anyone know what I can do about roaches in my hives?I have sevweral hive that as soon as I takethe top off I see roaches dissapear down in the hive.Sems like it is worse on the hive that I started from swarms from a tree
I have a top bar hive which always has palmetto bugs under the cover above the top bars...no problem, they never bother the bees. I saw one get his "just rewards" when he fell inside one day.
Borax (wash powder) can effectively used by putting inside corrugated plastic squares and sealing with crisco. When stapled to the bottom board the SHB are chased inside the corrugation where borax torches them. This is a risky method as you must ensure that none comes in contact with the bees. Taking these boards out can be a problem. Picked this up from "Fat Bee Man".
You don't need to staple the traps to the bottom board. The SHB can't lift and move them! LOL! Roaches and palmetto bugs live amicably with the bees if they can find a good hideout. When they leave that hideout they are hauling buggy, so I don't think the bees tolerate them crawling openly through the hive.
There are lots of other insects that live or just sometimes hang out in beehives. You'd have to put something in your hive that would kill all of them and your bees too. And you would still have some sort of insect living in your dead hive.
Don't sweat it. They are harmless. To bees and to you.
The hive tool is to fast for them. It was the day I picked 1 up to have a good look at it and the backend was facing me. The taste and smell of what ever it squirted through my veil had me gagging and left an awful taste in my mouth for hours.
OK so I should have looked before I posted a new thread..Palmetto bugs...
From what everyone is stating these critters are not harmful to the hive, good. And yes this is a new, struggling colony and I think I have a lazy queen!
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