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Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by BeepsBees, Aug 10, 2016.
Is this a hive beetle?? How can I naturally treat my hive if it is?
My bees come from local non treated survivor bees. Id like to treat them naturally
That is what they are, do you have a screen on the bottom, if so either set you hive on some black poly, a good size or get some die. earth and put it under the hive to stop them from reproduction.
I have a screened bottom diematacious earth on ground? Will it kill my bees that land down there? They seem to go on the ground under hive at times. Some of them have gotten into the grease I used on the legs to stop the ants and they're dying . Diff subject tho. The die will be ok? Will that control the beetle population? Mites too?
There are some commercial beetle traps available. A lot of beekeepers use swifter pads, place them on the top bars and the beetles hide in them, get caught and die.
Swifter pads? Do the beetles go intop of the bars? They r pretty jammed together
leave a small gap. the bees will chase them up there. Just make it too small for the bees to get up there too.
I use a Freeman beetle trap under my screened bottom board in a langstroth hive which works pretty if they start getting bad. I also have started using a trap in the hive that hangs on the side of a frame tucked in the back where they tend to gather. It was been working okay. They say nematodes work good in the ground to eat the larvae too, but I have not tried this myself. I have been battling them a ton this year. Full sunlight on your hive is a good preventative measure. I have read from others that they have noticed a significant difference with the hives thet are stationed under specific trees as well but not sure if it is the shade they provide or something else about the tree.
Camero, what is a swifter pad? What is this I read about dryer sheets too?
Swiffer pads are a pad for a brand name cleaning mop for floors. I would not recommend the dryer sheets as they contain chemicals.
Beep, listen to Buzzed. Much more experience with beetles than I have.
FatBeeMan has several DIY traps that I have had luck with. e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_KDPp8H6PU
Buzzed so just put swiffer pads on the top bars and leave some small space for them?
I also saw them carrying stringy white stuff .. Maybe larve ???! And I was looking into it seeing that it could be from the beetle or EFB or some other disease. I do see what looks like little tiny white mites at the viewing window none on the bees tho. I read there could be too much space. I took away the empty bar I took honey from and I closed an entrance. I hope it's not too late for them. The stuff they were carrying was stringy white pieces. It didn't look like whole larva at all. Just strings and pieces. I hope it's not some thing I did. I'll buy swiffer pads tomorrow and leave some spaces big enough for beetle but not bee to be trapped into the pads. What else can I do to kill mites and or beetles? I killed two beetles I saw also, they where on the other side of the follower board, not in the actual hive, but the other side of the follower where I keep empty bars. I hope they're taking care of the problem. You think they're ok with just 2 entrance holes instead of 3? I just don't want the space to be the problem that they can't defend them self.
I'll watch the fat bee guy soon too. Thank u!
I am completely inexperienced with TBH, but I have been taught that too much space is not a good thing for any pest issues. In a langstroth hive I just place 1 pad at the top box, you may want to just put a couple across the top in a TBH. Always smash every beetle you see. I have also heard of people using a custom vacuum to suck them up, but it takes a little practice not getting the ladies.
Not sure about the "stringy stuff" you are seeing. It may be young larvae from the SHB as they are very small early. If you're not seeing more than a few don't get too worried, but it can get out of hand quickly. Any crack or crevice that the bees can't get to in the hive is an open spot for SHB to lay eggs. If you have an opportunity to fill any voids with melted wax or propolis do it to reduce those spaces.
white stringy stuff could be wax moth strings they are pulling off, if they had too much space before