I have just come in from inspecting my flow hive. I am in Lismore, NSW.
I have a strong hive going, with only a brood box and flow hive box. I use hive beetle traps in my hive (not sure what they are called, but they are the aluminium ones with a top that slides off and I put oil in the base).
There are a large number of SHB in my hive, and one thing I noticed is that the beetles are able to 'hide' in the empty flow frame cells. The bees know that they are in there but can't seem to get them out.
The beetle traps that I use work on the theory that the beetles need somewhere to hide, so they go into the trap where the bees can't get to. They fall in the oil and it is good night. But the thing is, why would they go into the trap to hide when they have all these cells in the flow frames to hide in?
Has anyone else had a similar problem, and if so, what was your solution? Anyone got any other suggestions of beetle traps that the beetles may go into?
Thanks in advance