This is my first season with a beehive. When I got the nuc I could see some small hive beetle but not in the frames - just the nuc box. I have opened the hive 3 times since I got it October- November. Once to put the nuc in the brood box, Once to check the brood and see how full all the brood frames were and then after some weeks again to put the flowhive on top. I painted the frames with sugar water up at the house before taking it down the flow hive to the back of the block - which is an acre, and while I was painting the frames with the sugar water there were already 3 bees on them. I put the flowhive on top and was picking up tools looked in the window and there were already 10 bees in the flow frames. So far so good. But, I had a look in the window today after 3 weeks and I could see maybe 5 SHB and the bees were trying to reach them and chase them out but they were stuck right in. I have base board traps with Diatomaceous earth and also two silver bullet frame traps. I have seen some in the silver bullet but not much in the base traps - note the base traps were not apithor but did look like a harborage - again filled with Dia Earth. I will try to get to open the brood box later this week when it is not too hot. The weather here has been a terrible humid headwave for around 2 weeks and I read that SHB love to breed in that weather.
- When do I hit the big red panic button?
- Should I put some silver bullet traps in between the flowframes themselves?
- Should I get apithor harbourage’s as well?
Looking forward to hearing from someone soon!