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Staten Island Beekeepers Message Board › Hive problems - pests

Hive problems - pests

Debra B.
user 11922704
Group Organizer
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 1
I just inspected my hive today and found hive beetles at an early infestation. I just started researching what to do. Stay tuned.......
Debra B.
user 11922704
Group Organizer
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 2
Looks like I'm going to create and place these traps in the hive:
http://beehivejournal...­
(very resourceful use of a CD case!)

and put permithrin on the ground around the hive to break their reproductive cycle.

I'm even considering moving the hive until I resolve this problem.

I'll let you know how it goes.
Francisco M.
user 11536399
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 5
Debra,

I like this idea, the only problem I have is that I would have to disturb the hive every time I need to retrieve the CD for inspection.

I also like the hive beetle tray that uses cooking oil, though I would use mineral oil or soapy dish washing water instead.

This a website as example of what I am thinking about to. http://www.freemanbee...­


That for the update now I will have to worry about something else. lol...


Keep these update coming.
Peter B.
user 14502373
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 2
I had them. I used a trap filled with diatomaceous earth. Eco-freindly. If you want some and I'll show you how to make a trap, call. 646-201-2461 Pete Be a good discussion problem for the group.
Debra B.
user 11922704
Group Organizer
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 3
I ended up buying a product that other beekeepers have had success with: checkmite. I put it in a plastic CD case so the bees can access it, only the beetles.

http://www.brushymoun...­

Hope this works. I have also noticed that my bees have been building there numbers so there should be more comb coverage. That's a plus.
Debra B.
user 11922704
Group Organizer
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 4
Just for the record, the first thing I tried didn't seem to work. Sorry Peter, I read your posting after I did the checkmite, otherwise I would have tried it. :-)
Debra B.
user 11922704
Group Organizer
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 6
Just inspected the hive. The CD cases with CheckMite are working great! Lots of dead beetles. I saw and killed 3 wax moths (hope that's the end of them!!!!). I removed all comb that was empty to reduce the territory the bees need to protect. Making progress!
Debra B.
user 11922704
Group Organizer
Staten Island, NY
Post #: 7
2011 Oct. Hive Inspection Photos link:
https://picasaweb.goo...­
Hope it works.

Looks like I'm keeping the hive beetles at bay after four months of battle. I see them but not the destruction they can cause.
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