It’s risky for the geckos to sit at a hive’s entrance. This bloke saw it during dusk. Butcher birds absolutely love geckos. That’s probably why the gecko was active then, otherwise it’d get quickly eaten.
Once I saw a butcher bird frantically trying to catch something on our back wall. As it turned out after a close investigation, it was a gecko.
The best thing for folks with bees in areas where SHBs are active is to follow my strategy of not worrying about them. Just remember:- Keep colonies strong, don’t allow the beetles easy access to brood, dead/dying bees or pollen. Bear in mind that drones don’t defend. It’s that simple & occupies less than 2 lines.
PS Jack, another thing about beetles as well as beetle larvae is they are most active at night, while chickens are roosting. Whenever you expose beetles to daylight, they run for cover. I also noticed that beetle larvae leave the hive during the dark.
Chickens might find them while scratching around the next day. I believe that beetle larvae bury down about 4 inches.
I wonder if bees ever attack birds. It would be devastating if your brother’s chooks got attacked by the bees with no way of escaping.