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Offline Ben Framed

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Cutout and hive beetles
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:58:27 pm »
When doing a cutout, there is usually a variety of brood, honey, and pollen.  Naturally it is deserible to save as much of each as possible. But with the prospect of saving SBH along with these certainly is not desirable.  My question is, what is the best solutation short of scrapping the comb with the honey, pollen and brood, is there of reducing the numbers of beetles along with the new bees? Will exposing the "newly" cut comb from the cutout in the sunlight, while finishing the rest of the cut out run the beetles away? I realize that melting all wax will at least save the wax but this is not something that I would not prefer to do. And even if i wanted to melt all, there would still be the chance that some of the SHB would escape from the "wax bucket' when the top is removed. Rubber banding the good stuff in frames is much more preferred.  Thanks, Phillip Hall
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

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Re: Cutout and hive beetles
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 07:12:44 pm »
When doing a cutout you save as much brood as possible.  The honey goes in a seperate bucket to be fed back to the bees later of harvested for your own use.  This bucket can be froze to kill the critters.  If you try and put the honey in the hive you are just asking for trouble. 

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Re: Cutout and hive beetles
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 07:13:27 pm »
Never having come across SHB on a "cutout" I could not help you
beyond saying here is yet another use for the holstered can of Nitro.
"Blast 'em when you see 'em" applies.
Should bring another facet of fun to the work, I reckon :-))

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Re: Cutout and hive beetles
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 07:46:19 pm »
I have done hundreds of cutouts and have never seen more than 2 or 3 beetles in one. Use two buckets for the honey. One for the clean honey you keep for yourself, and one for the not so clean honey to feed back to the bees. Crush and strain yours the same day, and spread the bees honey out in a well lit area for them to clean up quick, or freeze for use later. After honey is removed from wax, by you and the bees, melt the wax.

DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL HONEY COMB IN THE HIVE FOR THE BEES. YOU WILL DROWN THEM AND ATTRACT PESTS.
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Re: Cutout and hive beetles
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 08:41:57 pm »
Never having come across SHB on a "cutout" I could not help you
beyond saying here is yet another use for the holstered can of Nitro.
"Blast 'em when you see 'em" applies.
Should bring another facet of fun to the work, I reckon :-))

Bill

Haa Haa  :grin: Between you and Van, I am convienced!!  Sounds like fun!! Thanks for the reply Bill.
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

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Re: Cutout and hive beetles
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 08:43:04 pm »
I have done hundreds of cutouts and have never seen more than 2 or 3 beetles in one. Use two buckets for the honey. One for the clean honey you keep for yourself, and one for the not so clean honey to feed back to the bees. Crush and strain yours the same day, and spread the bees honey out in a well lit area for them to clean up quick, or freeze for use later. After honey is removed from wax, by you and the bees, melt the wax.

DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL HONEY COMB IN THE HIVE FOR THE BEES. YOU WILL DROWN THEM AND ATTRACT PESTS.

Thanks iddee Good infromation here.. Appreicated!!
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

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Re: Cutout and hive beetles
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 08:44:10 pm »
When doing a cutout you save as much brood as possible.  The honey goes in a seperate bucket to be fed back to the bees later of harvested for your own use.  This bucket can be froze to kill the critters.  If you try and put the honey in the hive you are just asking for trouble.

Freezing the bucket is a good idea also. Thanks cao!!
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

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Re: Cutout and hive beetles
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2018, 06:12:05 pm »
Never having come across SHB on a "cutout" I could not help you
beyond saying here is yet another use for the holstered can of Nitro.
"Blast 'em when you see 'em" applies.
Should bring another facet of fun to the work, I reckon :-))

Bill
So where can I buy a can of this Nitro Bill?