Well, we inspected 2 hives today in Coastal Southern California. We had been away for a few weeks, and have never seen any small hive beetles (SHB) in the past. Not even one. And I have been looking very carefully.
This time, horror of horrors; even though the first hive we inspected was the strongest, around 30 SHB under the inner cover. This is the first time we have seen any SHB. We killed them all. Well, all of the ones we could see and catch before they flew. Ugh. I am now on a war-footing against SHB. The hives are pretty strong, and we will keep them that way. I feel that treating for Varroa is even more important with SHB in the vicinity. Anyone who is curious, here is a picture of one of our SHB in the last 5 seconds that they were on this planet. There is no doubt about identity: