Small hive beetle biology providing control options




Honey Bee

Research Organisation

The Crown in right of the State of NSW acting through the Department of Primary Industries

Objective Summary

1. To determine temperature humidity and air movement thresholds to prevent any small hive beetle (SHB) damage to stored honey supers (fulls and stickies) and what techniques/appliances could be used practically in the sheds of beekeepers. 2. To determine if weak hives and queenless hives are more attractive and more susceptible to SHB damage than strong healthy hives. 3. To identify the usual daily movements of SHB in and out of managed beehives during each season of the year. 4. To find the number of SHB in the immediate vicinity (ground surrounding and under the hive) of a bee hive compared to the SHB inside the hive for each season of the year. 5. To identify ways of cleaning combs that have been 'slimed' as a result of SHB larval damage causinghoney fermentation.

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Project Start Date

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Project Completion Date

Friday, April 1, 2011

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Safeguarding Australia

National Priority


National Priority

HBE-Improve understanding of nutrition best practice and disease interaction


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Small Hive Beetle Biology – Producing control options