Invasion of the Small Hive Beetles!

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Fuzzybeekeeper, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Fuzzybeekeeper

    Fuzzybeekeeper New Member

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    [h=6]I have a small hive that was a swarm 3 weeks ago. They have drawn out about half of a shallow box. (That's where THEY decided to live!)

    I was getting them ready to move today and they have several hundred small hive beetles. EVERYWHERE! What is the best thing to do to save these girls? If I move them, I don't get to see them for 3 weeks or so. I'm afraid the next time I open them up, they will be dead. Suggestions?

    Fuzzybeekeeper

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  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Put a screened bottom board with an oiled sticky under that box. Now. The ladies will take care of the rest.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I guess my first question would be are you still getting a flow in Brenham? I would likely bump the population by adding a couple of frames of 'capped' workers cells and feed religiously. A swarm this late in the year is likely an absconding swarm and no matter what they will not have much in the way of provisions.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Get them out of the shade. FULL sunlight only.