hive beetles

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Zookeep, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Zookeep

    Zookeep Active Member

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    I was wrong when I said I have a few beetles in all my hives, of my 3 yards I have up and running now 2 of the 3 always have beetles, not many the hives keep them under control but the 3rd yard has never had any, I have 14 hives there and never seen 1 and I think I know why,when I 1st picked the spot I thought it was going to be high and dry but after the rain started the end of June the hole grounds around the hives went soggy and never dried, now I use 2 concrete blocks high with 4x4s running across for stands and the waters never a problem for the hives but there is no way a beetle larva could hit the ground and pupate, no real standing water but when you walk you can feel the squish squish in the hole apiary.
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    excellent observation.... I myself think that lack of organic matter or very hard ground will get you about the same results.

    I also tend to think that hive's that porpolize heavily also have very little problem with the small hive beetle.
     

  3. srvfantexasflood

    srvfantexasflood New Member

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