SHB trap recommendation

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by d.magnitude, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. d.magnitude

    d.magnitude New Member

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    So far, I've just been smashing SHB as I see them, mostly on top of and under the inner cover. But their numbers are obviously on the increase, so I guess it's time I bite the bullet and start using traps.

    I know there are a few styles out there; any recommendations on what kind you like the best? I think I'd rather not put in something that replaces an entire frame.

    Thanks, Dan
     
  2. Iddee

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    The best I have found is to have the hive in full sunlight.
     

  3. guyross

    guyross New Member

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    I use thin CD Jewell cases. Just break out a half moon tab off both side for them to enter. I bait mine with a pollen honey mix.
     
  4. Zulu

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    I would love to see a pic, and what do you bait them with?

    I have my hives in the best position on my property, and they get shade around 2 pm, so have beatle issues, and need all the help i can get.
     
  5. d.magnitude

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    So, do the bees just seal them up in the CD cases?

    Any opinions out there on the beetle blaster/beetle jails on the market?
     
  6. guyross

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    I bait them with pollen and honey. They like pollen patties so much you can mix that in to. I got the idea for the cases at Russell apiaries in Brandon,MS. Check out the photos. There are pictures of the traps there as well as his beetle juice bait that works great but I ran out before I ran out of beetles.
     
  7. Zulu

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    Members only across on Russell Apiaries

    Any chance for a photo link
     
  8. d.magnitude

    d.magnitude New Member

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    Zulu, you and I must be hot on the trail of these CD cases.
    I couldn't find any pics either.
     
  9. guyross

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  10. Zulu

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    Lol

    I eventually found pics on Facebook, but it wont let me link. I will do a screen capture tomorrow from the PC. On iPad now.

    Went up to my office and i have over 50 brand new in their wrapper , thin jewel cases in a multitude of colors

    Just today i was researching better methods for controlling SHB, done two soil drenches without any noticable difference, but will continue with them till Permethrin is finished. I did read that mineral oil works too, kills beatles but bees leave it alone.... That person just squirted a drop on tops of frames ??

    Maybe i will add it into the CD case with pollen pattie, worth a try


    Dont want to treat the hives directly if i can help it.
     
  11. guyross

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    Just lay the case on the top bars and one on the bottom board. The honey pollen mixture works best.
     
  12. Zulu

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    Thank Guy

    Will try in the morning
     
  13. d.magnitude

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    Do the bees actually seal the beetles in the trap? Or do you just remove it during an inspection and try not to spill any beetles out that happen to be inside? Are you meant to just scrape/shake the beetles out and reuse?

    I've also read of making a bait w/ pollen sub, honey, and boric acid. I think I'd be a little concerned that the SHB might carry the boric acid out of the trap and make it available to the bees.

    Thanks
    -Dan
     
  14. guyross

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    As you can see the cases are very effective. Watch John Pluta on youtube. He uses a product in his traps that has not be approved yet.
     

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    Here is a larger photo.
     

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  16. Zulu

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    So today......

    10 jewel cases, pollen patty, honey and Boric Acid powder, and each of my hives have a new beatle trap top and bottom.

    I mixed up a bait to a gooey consistancy, using part of a pollen patty, some honey and a good squirt of Boric Acid roach powder, put a dab of this bait on each side of the jewel case and closed it.

    My big hive didnt like the intrusion and tagged me a few times to remind me what it's like. But the other three let me be.

    Pics to follow.
     
  17. guyross

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    And that's how they show appreciation for you trying to help them. I haven't been stung feeding yet. Some times I'm surprised at there aggressive behavior.
     
  18. Zulu

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    Yep

    The big hive has been known to be a bit agro, but she delivers the honey, so far over 3 gallons this season for a new beek, and I just put the escape board below two very full supers, thus another 20 frames ready for honey, leaving 3 full boxes on the hive, and will add a super for space and the late summer honey flow.
     
  19. guyross

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    That is a dream hive.
     
  20. Zulu

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    Pictures as promised

    Jewel case with tabs broken off, look at top and bottom

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    Not easy to see but you can look right through the case..

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    Case with Bait loaded, can see broken tab at bottom

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