Small hive beetle

Small hive beetle is no longer being managed as a notifiable disease in South Australia. 

Small hive beetle was removed from the notifiable disease list after:

  • a consultation with the apiary industry
  • confirmation that the pest is established in the South Australian Riverland.
There are no longer treatment requirements for:

  • bee colonies
  • used appliances
  • queen bees

before entering South Australia to control small hive beetle.

Entry conditions for American foulbrood do still apply.

Go to our list of all bee and bee product movement requirements.

Controlling small hive beetle

There are control techniques for hives infested with small hive beetle:

  • Exclusion. Make sure all containers and storage areas are insect proofed to stop beetles infesting.
  • Hygiene. Clean extraction plants, honey sumps, and skin the top of settling tanks. Clean floors and surfaces of dead bees and debris.
  • Baiting and trapping. Baits and traps can be used in the apiary or individual hives. 
  • Natural agents. Predators and weather can reduce numbers of wandering larvae.
  • Honeybee genetics. Some bees are better at fighting off beetle infections. Genetic lines of bees may be bred to resist beetles.
  • Chemicals. Treating soil and storage areas with chemicals can help control beetles.
  • Hive management. Strong and well-organised hives can better resist beetles. Taking measures to strengthen hives
  • Honey frame management. Frames infested with beetles need proper management to limit further spread.
Page Last Reviewed: 19 Feb 2015
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