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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Breeding, Genetics, Stock Improvement and Management of Russian Honey Bees for Mite and Small Hive Beetle Control and Pollination

Location: Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research

Title: Small Hive Beetles

Authors
item De Guzman, Lilia
item Frake, Amanda
item Rinderer, Thomas
item Pollett, Dale -

Submitted to: Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: September 1, 2009
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Citation: De Guzman, L.I., Frake, A.M., Rinderer, T.E., Pollett, D.K. 2009. Small Hive Beetles. Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station Publication. 3135.

Interpretive Summary: This pamphlet provides a brief summary of SHB’s life history that can be helpful in correctly detecting and identifying the different stages of SHB. It also presents 10 best management practices that are useful in regulating SHB population in the apiaries.

Technical Abstract: Small hive beetles (SHB) have become serious pests of honey bees, especially in the southeastern region of the United States. Both adults and larvae cause serious feeding damages and their fecal matters contaminate harvestable honey. At present, Coumaphos (used as an in-hive treatment) and Gardstar (used as a soil drench) are available for SHB control. However, inconsistent results have been reported. This pamphlet provides a brief summary of SHB’s life history that can be helpful in correctly detecting and identifying the different stages of SHB. It also presents 10 best management practices that are useful in regulating SHB population in the apiaries.

Last Modified: 4/24/2014
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