Archive for October, 2010

Small Hive Beetle Devastation Pictures

Monday, October 18th, 2010

These frames are not in order, but front and back are sequential.

The cooler is where I froze them overnight with dry ice to kill the SHB larvae.  There is frost on the frames.

Frame 7 never did work out.

Some pollen left in here:


Monday, October 11th, 2010

I opened up the hive yesterday.  The hive smelled like Elmer’s glue.  The bottom board (now watertight) was filled with slime and SHB larvae.  The combs are largely destroyed.  The queen has not been seen.

Last night I put one comb in the hive for the bees and put the rest in a cooler with dry ice.  My hope is to kill all the SHB and larvae.  There’s more honey left than I initially thought.  There’s also some pollen.  I’m hoping that the bees will be able to survive on the freeze-cleaned comb.

Pictures and updates to come…