Pest Management

Should I medicate my hive?

Our understanding of diseases and parasites continue to grow. We now know one of the best ways to keep a healthy hive is to keep the mite levels relatively low at all times. This means that if you have an opportunity to treat, using IPM (Integrated Pest Management) technique or medication, you should consider it. Choose the treatment which best fits your beekeeping philosophy and time frame.

A relatively new type of pest for beekeepers, the small hive beetle (SHB) is originally from South Africa, and was discovered in the US in the spring of 1998. Although SHB are present in all areas of the United States and parts of Canada, they are especially a problem in the southeastern states, due to the moderate winters experienced there. Small hive beetles can easily take over a colony with little to no resistance from the native bees. A SHB infestation within a colony can be devastating to the hive, as the beetles consume the resources of the colony, damage the comb and contaminate the honey.

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