Recently there was a tense situation on our little homestead. As mentioned previously I am coming to grips with the fact that I have Small Hive Beetle at one of my hive sites. I know that eventually they will be at all my sties, but I would like to retard their progress for as long as possible. When I removed my Quilt Boxes from that site I placed them in Contractor Grade trash bags. I have been cycling them through the freezer, each getting a 48 hour freezer session. It is the same treatment I give all of my empty honey supers to prevent wax moths.
Sounds like a plan right? I thought I would get away with it too since we have two deep freezers and the majority of the weekly food needs are in the OTHER freezer. I was at the computer when I heard, “What is this in the freezer?!?” I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. This is not the first time that I have been in hot water over bee equipment in the freezers. I explained what I was doing, you know, “killing beetles, in our freezer”. After a full explanation and a little time I don’t think I am going to have to find a new place to live. Just goes to show that communication is the key.. 🙂
So am I the only one dealing with a new pest this year?
Please leave comments on how you have been dealing with SHB or other pests with methods other than toxic chemicals.