SHB is a destructive pest very common in the warm subtropical regions of Australia and in North America as far south as Texas all the way up to Canada. SHB is originally from sub-Saharan Africa where it can detect fresh uncapped honey and fly in from from very long distances. An infestation can weaken and destroy hives by laying thousands of eggs in the honeycomb.
While some of the treatments for SHB call for chemicals, we would much prefer to recommend non-chemical traps. The most effective solutions we have found are the traps that include a vegetable oil reservoir. SHBs typically will be chased around the hive by bees and will gather in small cracks and crevasses around the hive. A small hive beetle trap as part of a screened bottom board (with vegetable oil tray or diatomaceous earth), or trap that fits between the frames are the most effective options.
It is generally considered that traps located at the lower back portion of the hive are most effective, as hive beetles prefer dark corners instead of lighted areas.