The beetle blocker shim is a brand new product invented by Clark Taplin. The tool will be the last tool you’ll ever need to not only fight hive beetles but to keep them OUT OF YOUR HIVE PERIOD!
This unique product doesn’t allow the beetles to enter the hive because their “exoskeleton” doesn’t bend or flex. Because of this they cannot negotiate certain turn radius’s. The Beetle blocker has 6 holes that are “flanged” or concave.
This dramatically reduces the ability of the hive beetle to enter your hive thereby reducing the amount of hive beetles in your hives. This will drive down the number of hive failures you’ll have due to your bees absconding or failing due to hive beetle infestation.
Hive traps are good but why not EXCLUDE the hive beetle with the Beetle Blocker Shim altogether?
Internationally, the Small Hive Beetle has spread to Australia being first identified at Richmond, NSW in 2002. Subsequently it has affected many areas of Queensland and New South Wales. It is speculated that a combination of importing queens from other countries and beekeepers moving their hives has caused the spread.
In Canada, the small hive beetle has been detected in Manitoba (2002 and 2006), Alberta (2006), Québec (2008, 2009), Ontario (2010) and British Columbia (2015). In the Prairie Provinces, measures were taken to control the pest and small hive beetles failed to establish a population. It is still to be determined whether the small hive beetle has been able to establish a resident population in Ontario or Québec. In the summer of 2015 the discovery of a number of adult beetles as well as one infestation in all stages of brood in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley triggered a temporary quarantine.
The SHB has now reached the southern Philippines in southern Mindanao island and there is great concern that it will spread through the country if hives and bees are moved from the southern Mindanao area where the beetle has already been identified.
The small hive beetle can be a destructive pest of honey bee colonies, causing damage to comb, stored honey and pollen. If a beetle infestation is sufficiently heavy, they may cause bees to abandon their hive. Its presence can also be a marker in the diagnosis of Colony Collapse Disorder forhoney-bees. The beetles can also be a pest of stored combs, and honey (in the comb) awaiting extraction. Beetle larvae may tunnel through combs of honey, feeding and defecating, causing discoloration and fermentation of the honey.