Small hive beetles and low stores

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by R Dewhurst, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. R Dewhurst

    R Dewhurst New Member

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    Well it is official, I have small hive beetles in my wild hive I cut down.I thought that is what they were when I hived them. Put a trap in today on the bottom board. They seem to still be light on stores but are working at a very fast pace. loads and loads of pollen is coming in. I have also fit the top of the hive with a feeder that holds 4 gallons of syrup. They were all over the inside grooves once I placed it on. I am debating if I should pull 2 frames from my other 3 hives to place in the wild hive to give them a better chance or let the more productive hive try to fill a shallow super to give to them. Any thoughts from anyone else?
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    You didnt mention the strength of the hive. Dont give them any more room than the can defend. Feed to get weight up once the winter sets in and it gets cold the small hive beetle will go inactive
     

  3. R Dewhurst

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    they are not as strong as some of the more established hives we have. I would say they are around 75%.