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Until this year, I have never seen a ****roach in any of my hives. Maybe it is because this spring has been wet, and the humidity is high, but I have found at least five ****roaches in as many hives. Today, the hive was a very strong hive, and the ****roach was under the cover. However, I have seen them inside some of the hives as well. Anyone else experiencing this? Grosses me out. :scratch:
 

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I have seen a lot of this in my hives. Mine are not ****roaches, they are Wood Roaches. They are quite common in wooded areas. The difference is they don't breed out of control and take over a structure. I don't care to have them in the hives but my hives are next to timber. They don't seem to cause the bees any distress or do any harm.
 

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I've found one or two in some hives lately. They are very nice and run outside and hang on the outside of the box so I can squash them with ease.
 

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I thought I was the only one experienceing this problem. I didn't want to say anything out of fear someone might think my girls are bad house keepers.

I usually only found one on the top of the inner cover. That was about 3 weeks ago. I smashed each one and haven't seen any for a while.
 

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Its pretty common, in one of my yards in an old neighborhood near the ohio river. I find ****roaches under the top cover and also on the inspection board. Never though much of it, I kill them with a hive too. At my own house I've never seen a coackroach.
 

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No ****roaches but I do have a topbar loaded with Pincher bugs. They seem to be living in harmony though. This hive was loaded with mites last year. No treatment an no noticeable mites this year, maybe the pincher bugs are keeping them at bay???? Probably not
 

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I have been noticing a lot of earwigs under the top covers lately. If I knock one through the center hole of the inner cover, it's not long before it comes out the entrance in the jaws of a worker.
 

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Treetrunk;

I had heard once that having earwigs in the hive was not a bad thing, and that they actually do help with parasites. Can't tell if it's true or not, but I have never killed once since, and I don't seem to have much problem with intruders.
 

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I have a problem with roaches in my honey house - any ideas on how to control them? Obviously I cannot use insecticides.
 

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Someone told me about an automatic roach killer. It consists of two blocks; one red, and one green. You place the roach on the red block, and you hit it with the green block. It automatically kills the roach. Just thought I would share that. Thinking of marketing them. :lookout:
 

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I have a problem with roaches in my honey house - any ideas on how to control them? Obviously I cannot use insecticides.
They sell boric acid powder for this. The bugs crawl through it, it scratches up their exoskeletons, and they eventually die. It is not toxic--it is actually an ingredient in eye drops. You can set up bait and circle it with the powder, or pour it along baseboards and anywhere you think they might be getting in. You'll probably see results in about a month. Some people also use diatemaceous earth, which works in a similar way. it's also non-toxic but you don't want to inhale the dust.
 

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Someone told me about an automatic roach killer. It consists of two blocks; one red, and one green. You place the roach on the red block, and you hit it with the green block. It automatically kills the roach. Just thought I would share that. Thinking of marketing them. :lookout:
Was told that was an Aggie roach killer.
 

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Treetrunk;

I had heard once that having earwigs in the hive was not a bad thing, and that they actually do help with parasites. Can't tell if it's true or not, but I have never killed once since, and I don't seem to have much problem with intruders.
Seeing as earwigs eat decaying plant matter, I have a hard time seeing how they'd help with parasites. Maybe they run around the combs and pinch varroa off the bees.
 

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Wood roaches also eat decaying wood. You folks with new hives shouldn't have much of a problem. When we tended some old hives for an orchard family, it was not uncommon to find 20 or more above the inner cover doing no harm to the colony.
Walt
 
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