I think it strong, but I am certainly a new beekeeper, so knowledge is still being built and I'm sure it will continue until I'm 90 in a peak under the hive and from the upper lid I can tell that the added 8 foundation less frames are virtually all drawn out and there are a lot of beads on everything. Again I am doing my darndest not to open up the hive so that's why I'm peeking from underneath
I have 2 beetle traps I certainly will install Saturday as soon as sun hits the hive.
My mentor, which lives about an hour east of me has hive beetles as well and when we came across one or 2 in his hives, he simply pointed at them never killing it indicating you always have these and there just a nuisance as long as you have a strong hive.
Everything I read on this particular blog as well as other additional things last night as a reminder of how they can multiply has just got me concern. I'm sure just like a new parent every time your child calls you think the world is coming to an end. I've done enough reading and gone to of classes that I at least know what to look for but it still doesn't deter my panicking and concerned.
Thanks to everyone for weighing in I'll keep everyone posted as soon as I open up the hive on Saturday.