Hive Beetles

iammarcus(6)March 13, 2013

Last night my Beekeepers group discussed controlling hive beetles by placing limestone or limestone-like materials under and around the hive for at least 2 feet in all directions. Any thoughts on this method or better ones?

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boshier(7 VA)

I suppose the limestone materials are intended to provide inhospitable soil for the SHB larvae to pupate, thus interrupting the reproductive cycle. There are also a variety of in-hive traps to capture the adults before the mate and lay eggs. I use one called beetle-jail jr.

Doing both wouldn't hurt. There are also two varieties of nematodes that can be used to destroy the beetle pupae.

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