So I came back today to weed whack under and around my hive and distribute my nematodes, and while I was here it was after a good rain so the hive was really quiet around it so I decided to pull out my coraflute plastic bottom below my screen and I had installed a tablecloth small hive beetle catcher 3 days ago and found 2-3 small hive beetle caught in it and probably two dozen small hive beetle larvae.
My first question is if I were to put a wood entrance reducer in would it make the bees more efficient at guarding against them coming in to begin with to limit the area that they have to guard?
My 2nd question is are the larvae falling out of my frames through the bottom screen and getting trapped in the tablecloth trap or are they climbing up out of the ground and into my hive and then getting stuck?
So far I’ve put two beetle blasters in and did not see any beetles in them 3 days ago after them being in there for a couple days…
I’m tempted to buy a couple of the traps that others have talked about on here that you hang around the hive just recently…( Or I was thinking about getting some of the beetle barn trap devices that are thin black devices that you put a tablet in of poison)
I’ve also heard that some people have had success with a CD case that is modified to catch the small Hive beetles?