Small Hive Beetle
If you have not already seen these little, black beetles scurrying about whenever you lift a hive cover— just wait! They are on their way to an apiary near you, and once these destructive pests invade your hives, they are hard to eliminate. The potential damage to your colonies is great, but before you start fretting over how to protect your bees, you should learn a few facts about these prolific pests. Certainly, small hive beetles create havoc in the honey house or in the mating yard, but once you have an understanding of their life cycle and behavior, you can prevent serious damage to your hives and honey crop through simple management strategies.
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