Small Hive Beetles (Gross picture – you may want to skip this post.)

Went out to have a look at the hives and saw a beetle larva crawling out the back, so I pulled out the bottom board and found this.

I feel sick. These little bastards can wreck a hive. They eat all the honey, defecate in it, and turn everything to slime.

We’ve already got pavers to put beneath the hives and nematodes to treat the soil (the type we bought eats SHB larvae), but The Engineer has been gone, and I thought best if we do the treatment together so we both know how.

I really didn’t want to share this, but am doing so because other beekeepers may be having the same problem, and I wanted them to see they are not alone.