Mon, May 15|
Simpson Events Center (UC Ag Center)
May 2023 Meeting: Small Hive Beetles
Small hive beetles (SHB) are a significant threat to, particularly in warmer regions like here in the Carolinas. They can be devastating to beehives because they reproduce rapidly and feed on various components of the hive. Come join us to learn how to mitigate their risks to your hives.
Time & Location
May 15, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Simpson Events Center (UC Ag Center), 307 Cultivation Cir, Monroe, NC 28112, USA
About the event
Small hive beetles (SHB) are a significant threat to, particularly in warmer regions like here in the Carolinas. These beetles are native to sub-Saharan Africa, but were first detected in the United States in 1996.
Since then, they have spread throughout much of North America and other parts of the world.
SHB can be devastating to bee hives because they reproduce rapidly and feed on various components of the hive. They are particularly attracted to honey, pollen, and brood, and will lay their eggs in these areas. Once the larvae hatch, they begin to feed on the hive's resources and create extensive damage.
In addition to consuming the hive's resources, SHB larvae can also cause honey to ferment, which can lead to the destruction of the hive. Furthermore, they can defecate in the honey, creating an unappealing product for human consumption.
The presence of SHB can also cause significant stress to the bees, which can weaken the colony and make them more susceptible to other diseases and pests.
Beekeepers must take preventative measures to control the spread of SHB, such as regular hive inspections, using beetle traps, and keeping the hive clean and well-maintained. Failure to address SHB infestations can lead to the destruction of the hive and significant financial losses for beekeepers.
Come join us as NC certified Journeyman Beekeeper, Trish Thompson of Pollen Peddlers, will guide us through the threat the pose and how to mitigate their risks to your hives.