DO’s & Don’ts for Hive Beetle Issues

From the Clemson University Cooperative Extension


  • maintain healthy, strong colonies to promote high bee-to-comb ratio

  • monitor colonies for beetle infestation levels

  • trap beetles using one or more of the trapping devices presently marketed

  • physically kill or remove beetles when inspecting a colony, but do not leave equipment exposed for long periods of time which may lead to robbing

  • remove weak colonies from an apiary when infested with beetle larvae and treat the soil

  • extract honey from supers within 2 days of hive removal

  • maintain good sanitary conditions inside and outside the honey house

  • treat soil with Gard Star if beetle larvae are present in the hive

  • use Check Mite + in the hive as a last resort


  • do not place colonies in shady, damp locations
    do not overmanipulate colonies when beetles are present
    do not leave colonies exposed during extended hive inspections
    do not oversuper colonies when beetles are present
    do not hesitate to move colonies to a new location away from an old apiary which has a history of beetle problems
    do not use pesticides that are not registered for SHB control

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