I did a huge wall cut out on the weekend and today (3 days later) I checked on the colony to see how they’re doing.
We found the queen and all was looking reasonably ok for what they’d been through other than a pool of small hive beetle larvae in the tray. There were hundreds of them like what you would see in a slime out but only in the tray.
My thinking is that the spilt honey from the hive cut out triggered female beetles to lay eggs which caused an explosion of larvae 2/3 days later. I believe I read something like this before but I’m not sure and wondering if a more experienced beek knows what caused this? I didn’t notice any SHB larvae and only a small/normal amount of beetle during the cut out.
We burned the SHB larvae and replaced the oil. The hive is in a great location and population to comb/hive capacity is good. Am I out of the woods? It’s winter so I want to keep inspections to an absolute minimum.