This video is a look at an apiary that belonged to a long time beekeeper who had to give up the hobby due to age and failing health. It is also a look at how to clean up a beetle infested hive or nasty beekeeping equipment that is full of beetle slime. There are a few ways to clean equipment th... More
This video is a look at an apiary that belonged to a long time beekeeper who had to give up the hobby due to age and failing health. It is also a look at how to clean up a beetle infested hive or nasty beekeeping equipment that is full of beetle slime. There are a few ways to clean equipment that small hive beetles have wreaked havoc on. One thing that is pretty much a necessity whatever method you use is to wash all the equipment. Honey bees don't like beetle slime so if you just freeze your frames and then put them back in a hive the bees may take a while to clean the frames like you want them to. Also it seems that the scent left on these nasty frames attracts more beetles. I've heard of people burning their equipment when it gets to this point. It is not necessary to destroy the equipment. This equipment is not cheap and it only takes a little elbow grease to save it.
In our area it seems that the small hive beetle is our biggest pest problem and the main cause of the death of a weak colony. Some people would argue that Varroa mite is the biggest problem but I would have to disagree.
This equipment belonged to a friend of ours and my dad bought him out of all his hives and equipment and since my dad is also having trouble getting around my brother and I are helping him with his beekeeping chores.
I never really gave much thought about there ever being a time to retire from beekeeping until I heard that our friend was quitting and moving closer to some of his children. The only other people that I've known to give up on it have been people who just plain gave up because it wasn't as simple as they thought it was going to be and their hives died out. There have been quite a few of those that have called me to see if I knew anyone who would want to buy their equipment. None of these folks had any bees left, just equipment. It's pretty common in my experience that a person could save some money getting into beekeeping by buying out a retiring beekeeper. I've even run across beekeeping equipment in estate liquidations. If you find a supplier who regularly advertises honey bees for sale they may even be able to direct you to someone they know who wants out.
Two other cleaning methods that I didn't mention is placing the equipment on or next to a fire ant mound or letting chickens eat the larvae. I've done both of these but never with this amount of larvae.
The music is Turn On by RW SmithLess