Small hive beetle is a big problem for beekeepers, especially during the warmer months. It is important that you keep on top of the beetle, especially since an infestation can quickly overwhelm a weaker hive. HBS recommends that you inspect your hives for beetle regularly. Using a beetle trap at the top of the hive and a mesh base at the bottom is the best strategy for managing this pest.
This is the newest beetle trap here at HBS. The arms allow the trap to hang on the side of the frames, and the transparent plastic makes it easy for you to see how many beetle you are getting. Open the trap and fill it with either oil or diatomaceous earth, then clean and refill at every inspection. The principle is similar to our disposable Beetle Blaster traps, but these plastic traps can be reused a number of times.