Don’t let these pests weaken and destroy your Beehives.
Prepare for their invasion before it’s too late and get back in control!
Every day, your bees and beehives are being actively invaded by Small Hive Beetles. They can weaken and destroy Beehives by eating honey, pollen and brood, and they’ll do it again and again before you even notice!
When you DO notice, what should you do? What could you do with such a small but numerous opponent?
We’re here to help.
But first, let's learn a bit about what we are dealing with ….
The Small Hive Beetle: An Army of Deadly Spies
Small Hive Beetles are a clever, sneaky and gruesome pest to honey bees and their colonies.
They love to eat honey and pollen, and they use their sense of smell to find beehives.
That’s not all … they can detect honey bee alarm pheromones and use it as radar to find and enter active honey bee colonies!
They hide in the cracks and crevices of the colony boxes. Like spies they avoid detection and attack from soldier bees.
How could your bees stop such an attack?
Those cracks and crevices are perfect places for female Small Hive Beetles to lay their eggs and that’s just what they do!
Here’s where it gets even worse …
Those eggs hatch and become larvae in as little as 2 days!
The larvae then invade the honeycomb and steal honey and pollen from your hard working bees.
Could it get any worse, you ask?
YES, it does!
The Small Hive Beetle larvae will also feed on the Bee brood!
So they steal honey and pollen from your Bees and to top it off also kill their vulnerable brood. Eventually whole colony will be weakened and bees may leave.
Now, you and I both know – everything in nature has a lifecycle. When one generation of an organism produces offspring, then that offspring will reproduce, thus continuing the cycle. And this small hive beetle’s cycle is no different.
Those larvae stealing from the hive and killing the brood grow up in a few weeks and then move out of the hives to pupate in the soil. And in 3-4 weeks a new generation of adult Small Hive Beetles emerges, quickly finds the hives or colonies and sneak in again!
A continuously supplied army of spies that can emerge over and over and over again.
What can the bees do? Nothing.
But don’t despair! The Small Hive Beetle Lifecycle is our KEY to getting back in control.
A Natural Enemy of the Small Hive Beetle
The natural enemy of the Small Hive Beetle are Beneficial Nematodes.
But not just any nematode! The scientific name of the particular nematode that is amazingly effective at controlling the Small Hive Beetle is: Heterorhabditis indica.
Long story short - these nematodes are parasitic worms which infest the Small Hive Beetle. They find the larvae of the Small Hive Beetle, infect it and the larvae will die in 24 - 48 hours after infection.
And that’s not even the best part!
Once the nematodes enter the larvae, they start to reproduce and eventually, the larvae will explode and thousands of nematodes will emerge from it, ready to find the next Small Hive Beetle host.
You couldn’t ask for a better ally!
It’s no wonder they are so effective at controlling Small Hive Beetles. In fact, the Heterorhabditis indica nematode will kill about 80% of the Small Hive Beetle population (we have a reference to a research study to back that tidbit up below -- but we won’t bore you right now).
Now you might say: “Only 80%? Pesticide X can do better than that!” But you would be wrong. These nematodes are actually more effective than the chemicals.
And besides, do you really want to be spraying chemical pesticides around your Bees? (Or anything else for that matter?).
Beneficial Nematodes, including the Heterorhabditis indica, do not harm the environment, your pets, your kids or any other humans. They are naturally occurring and you just need more of them near your beehives.
You can start to see how this is the perfect way to control the Small Hive Beetle and move the odds in your favor, and your Bees’ favor, and their Beehives’ favor!
You will need about 70,000 nematodes per beehive.