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I can't seem to find the larger SHB traps like the one in the photo. Most seem to be smaller with two chambers. My SHB pressure is very high. (Maryland)
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The last ones I got were from Kelleys a couple of years ago.

Looking around I only found the two compartment ones, even from Miller who makes them.



Check this site out though..........

 

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What are you using for bait?
Success rate?

Not having much luck.
 

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What are you using for bait?
Success rate?

Not having much luck.
I use canola oil with a little bit of apple vinegar on top. I get about 5-10 beetles a week. 3 traps in the upper corners of the box. I also squash any I see. And put the Swiffer pads in the corners.
The best results were from using nematodes:
But it takes a while.
 

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What are you using for bait?
Success rate?

Not having much luck.
I use mineral oil mixed with apple cider vinegar to attract them. I also use Swiffer pads. Frankly, they (swiffer pads) work better but my pressure is so high I have been adding a beetle trap on each box also. It's more of a pain than the Swiffer pads but I am concerned about the high number of beetles in my hives. They are partly shaded and also near a farm where they raise mellons. I assume the leftover or broken mellons may be contributing to the problem.
 

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I use canola oil with a little bit of apple vinegar on top. I get about 5-10 beetles a week. 3 traps in the upper corners of the box. I also squash any I see. And put the Swiffer pads in the corners.
The best results were from using nematodes:
But it takes a while.
Thanks. I am going to try Nematodes next season. I have been using Guardstar as a soil treatment and figure that would kill the nematodes. How often do you apply the nematodes?
 

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Thanks for the suggestions.......

been using swifter pads for a couple of years and they are hit and miss in different hives.
Was given a recipe for apple cider vinegar and liquid soap, seemed to dry up too quick, less than a week and could not tell if I got any beetles.

What recipe do you use?

I hate the beetle traps but hate the beetles more. Was looking at the nematodes also, looks easy enough to use.
 

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I don't have a recipe. Probably mix 3:1 oil and vinegar. Must shake well each time you pour as it separates.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions.......

been using swifter pads for a couple of years and they are hit and miss in different hives.
Was given a recipe for apple cider vinegar and liquid soap, seemed to dry up too quick, less than a week and could not tell if I got any beetles.

What recipe do you use?

I hate the beetle traps but hate the beetles more. Was looking at the nematodes also, looks easy enough to use.
I just fill the traps halfway with the canola oil and then just a little bit of vinegar.
Nematodes are best applied in the fall or spring.
This is the original study done in 2010. It is a pdf file. https://ent.uga.edu/content/dam/cae...images/research-archives/NematodesJEE2010.pdf


I just saw this one from 2021:

 

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Thanks for the links, but that kind of reading is a little above my pay grade ;)
 
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