• Kevin W. Thatcher posted an update in the group Group logo of Southern New Mexico BeekeepersSouthern New Mexico Beekeepers 6 years ago

    Please I need advise on how to get rid of hive beetles, man is one thing or another. I already lost a hove to wax moths don’t need to lose another one.
    Thanks Kevin

    • Hi Kevin! So sorry to hear that you are having trouble with SHB, I have no experience to share. Here is a paper from the University of Arkansas that might be of interest. https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-7075.pdf It does look like some of the bee ware suppliers have traps and such.
      Please share what you learn and help us all.

    • Kevin
      This is a terrible problem and I know that we still don’t have the right perfect solution for it. The hive beetle acts mostly in Africa, where you have a different species of bees that react differently, too, to the european bee. For example, they tend to leave the hive when the intruders get inside, which is a good natural solution when your honey and breeding are infected.
      I have no personal experience with hive beetles but I think one important way to face the problem is similar to what we do with wax moths: we need to help the hive to be as strong as possible. If the swarm is strong, it will fight the beetle itself as best as it can. For this, be sure that the feeding of swarm, the hive location, and the humidity and temperature inside the hive, are as adecuate as possible. Be sure you have your queen in good health and that bees have access to every corner of the hive (no wax interfeering spaces between frames, for example). This is important, because good mobility will help them get rid of the intruders.

      The hive must be clean, with not cracks, holes in the structure and, most of all, check out the bottom: don’t allow any waste in there. A good prophylaxis is at the basis of a healthy and strong hive as you may know. Take out empty or half empty frames. This will make it difficult for the beetle to “expand” at ease in the hive and easier for bees to fight it.

      Additionally, here are some recomendations I’ve been given about this problem:

      1. Keep scrupulously clean honey stores and its surroundings. Store the frames full of honey for the shortest possible time prior to extraction. The beetles can grow rapidly in stored honey, especially if honeycombs contain pollen.

      2. Be careful if you add the infested material over strong colonies increases. You might unconsciously contribute to spread the beetle to the healthy colonies, providing a space for the beetles that bees won’t be able to protect.

      3. Pay attention if you add elevations, make divisions or exchange honeycombs, these activities could provide room for the beetle to establish away from the protective cluster of bees.

      4. Monitor the hygienic behavior of bees, whether they actively try to get rid of the beetle whether in its larval phase or as an adult. Id they don’t, replace the bees.

      5. Experiment with traps in an attempt to prevent the larvae reach soil, where they can easily complete their development.
      6. Change the site of apiaries. The adult beetles can fly, but their range of action is not yet well known and they seem to grow better in sedentary places. Also, some areas may be more conducive to the beetles due to local soil conditions than others (they don’t like dry soils, por example)

      I hope some of this might be of help.

      • Thanks Natalia I am going to recheck the hive to make sure, that is great information you posted, Thank you. I checked with Roswell Seed they said to make sure cause no one in the valley has ever had hive beetles. Thank you so much for you time in this matter.

      • Great info! Thank you!