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  Friday, 26 August 2016
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I've noticed an up tic of these litte pest.
Anybody else ?
I haven't had a package of bees in years, so where are they coming from? There must be an answer, global warming?
6 years ago
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#2158
Nope, not global warming. Or cell phone towers. They're coming from your neighborhood bees. Someone nearby has packages or more likely nucs from the south.
6 years ago
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#2159
I have a neighbor and during the winter only a couple of hives a month of so into the spring and I notice he has a half a dozen.
Today a week later and I'm finding dozens of the little bastards :angry:
and this was a strong healthy hive ... this is the first year I've had this .... I'm sick
starting to make SHB traps ASAP to try and do everything I can to control this
:evil:
6 years ago
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#2160
Are you seeing beetles or larvae? Beetles aren't an issue. They'll be gone by spring. And, larvae aren't going to be a problem in a strong colony. So, I wouldn't worry so about it.

That said, don't harvest your honey and leave it in a warm place for an extended period of time.
6 years ago
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#2161
Are you saying they will lay eggs in the supers too? I thought they were attracted to pollen limiting infestation to the brood box.
6 years ago
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#2162
That's what took me by surprise Mike...it was a strong hive. I've been reading and now I'm hearing, yes they will take over a hive.
They do work the honey and then down into the brood / pollen nest, once they get into B / P nest it doesn't take long for the colony to collapse
6 years ago
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#2163
Sure, SHB can take over a colony, and even cause absconding. But in Vermont? Never had or heard of this happening here.

Again I have to ask, are you seeing adult beetles, or clutches of wriggling, sliming larvae?
6 years ago
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#2164
I know Mike I'm just devastated, these are adults and in the one hive have a good foot hold
:evil:
6 years ago
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#2165
A foothold? Do you mean you're seeing a lot of beetles, or a lot of larvae? A lot of beetles is practically meaningless.
6 years ago
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#2166
I'll get a chance to dig closer after the weekend... but yes I'm seeing lots of beetles. A few dozen
David
Can you get some photos to share,sure hope you get it under control
6 years ago
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#2168
But are you seeing SHB larvae?
6 years ago
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#2169
My guess is that with the numbers I'm seeing.... the answer would be I do have larvae. Yard party with lot of guests today or I'd open that one up. I know that the little buggers can fly up to a mile and half but to see this many leads me to think there's more too it than them just running around on the comb and trying to hide in the corners
6 years ago
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#2170
David,
Here is a nice link that you may have seen already but thought to provide it in case you have not.
https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-7075.pdf.

Another article about how APIs Scutellatta manages SHB. The SHB can hide eggs in small cracks but once the larvae start to move about the bees clean house.

I suspect Mike is asking about larvae for this reason. The transient beetles are one thing but if there is larvae then the bees are not managing well.

https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00891864/document
6 years ago
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#2171
Well I went through the 1 hive in question and found beetles but no larvae. I then went into a healthy strong hive and what do you think I found? You guessed it BEETLES!
David
Helping a new Beekeeper today in Milton ,his nuc came from the south ,he said a week after
He got the nuc in May he started see SHB
He has had beetle traps on from May to now .
He found larva under his screen bottom board cleaned it out.
I did not see any live beetles but the traps had a lot of of beetles in them. I seen no larva.
Three weeks ago he treated with MAQS

Will MAQS kill SHB and larva?
6 years ago
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#2173
I've heard from several sources the MAQS will make the SHB run for cover but I think the only designed chemical is Checkmite +
I belive the only place the SHB larvae will survive / live is in the honey, so I wonder if it may have been Greater moth larvae under his bottom board he was seeing
David
Thank You for the information.
Based on what I seen I would say he has the beetles,out of the hive.
As I went threw every frame and no beetles or larva.
But as I said the traps had a lot of beetles.
6 years ago
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#2175
The thing is with the beetle is they seem to stress me out as well as my girls. I just pulled apart another strong hive only to find them mostly on the outside frame up against the hive body wall. As I squashed them and replaced the frame I watched as my girls imedeatly fly off with the dead carcasses. The beetle will occupy a strong hive. I have some plastic frames and the seem to like to hide inside the cavity on the edges that butt up against the next frame so no more plastic for me.
David
Have you installed beetle traps.
As yesterday I could see they do catch beetles,a friend in Maryland said his screen bottom boards help catch a lot of beetles as well .
Just a shame we have to contend with a problem from the south.
6 years ago
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#2177
I have them on order Ron...
It is sad, somebody around me also has a problem.
Wish we could outlaw packages and nucs at our borders.
Next year I'll be raising as many queens as possible, only wish I had put together more nucs for people to buy :(
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