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The Beetle Blaster is a beetle trap that was developed by Laurence Cutts. Laurence has spent plenty of time in the bee yard and knows what works and what doesn't. Well, this trap really works! Fill the trap about half way with mineral oil and hang it between two frames. As the bees chase the beetles they try to hide in the trap only to meet their demise. Once the trap is full remove it and simply throw it away. SOLD INDIVIDUALLY
I like being able to use multiple traps in a hive. By the end of the season they were completely full of beetles. Downside is they can be messy when trying to manipulate but I can deal with that if they control the beetles.
- Susan, AL
Ive used this trap with no problems. I fill about 1/2 way with Mineral Oil. Never had a problem removing it. As with anything with liquid, Be careful handing it and keep it level to prevent spilling.
- Bill, GA
It works but …..
The beetle blaster works but is impossible to remove once the bees have glued it in with propolis. It makes one heck of a mess and I usually have vegetable oil running down into the hive. I prefer the hood trap -- you have to dedicate one frame but it is better than having beetles.
- Mark Zablotny, MD
make it easy on ypurself
Im a newbee. My first 2 hives are up and going. I installed the beetle trap as a precaution. I inserted the traps dry then used a syringe to fill wt oil. No muss no fuss. Will use same syringe to remove oil before removing trap in 2 weeks. Then we will see!
Use an egg carton to hold them when filling.
I caught lots of beetles last year, easy to use. I read complaints about filling them, they are easy to fill if you set them in an egg carton , and use a tiny funnel, can fill several at a time, keeps them from tipping over
- Jo Garrison, VA
Hard to use, messy, never have caught any beetles
I have tried very hard to make this work. I always spill the oil and the outside of the trap and my hands are covered. And then, no beetles ever go in it. Not because I dont have any, but they just are never any there. Also, the trap is flimsy in your hand once you fill it even half full, so it spills. Frustrating!
- sandra carnet, GA
Works for me - using DE
I have used the BB for a number of years.
It works for me just using DE. Using DE rather than oil means I can re-use them. Just a blast with the hose setting on center and the SHB are out. If the BB is covered in wax or propolis I place it in the freezer for a few hours and the wax comes off easy.
After washing - do NOT dry in the hot sun as the plastic will distort.
It would be fantastic if the BB was a little narrower for people like me who are working 10 frames
Never worked for me.
Tried it in numerous hives and never caught more than one or two beetles. They seem to not want to go in there. The ones that did go in appear to have been careless and fell in. Would not recomment this product.
- KT, FL
I gave only a one star not that it does not catch beetles but because it is too wide at the top and pushes the frames too far apart, it needs to be made more narrow at the top so the frames will stay together, otherwise it is a very good trap.
- victor pfaff, IN
This product works
Ive tried just about everything, even built some of my own traps. This one works where others fail, and is an essential part of a beetle pest control strategy.
I had a much better success rate with these than with the AJs, for some reason. Similar idea so Im not sure why. Despite the fact that they are disposable, Im going to reorder them, because they work.
Can be reused, but not easy to clean...
These traps do a pretty good job of catching hive beetles. Ive mostly used mineral oil in these because it keeps working longer, and the bees arent as quick to propolize the openings in the trap as when vegetable oil is used. It is possible to rinse out and reuse these traps, similar to with the AJ Beetle Eater that Brushy Mountain used to sell. However, these traps can be easily damaged during the cleaning process as they were not designed to be cleaned over and over. These traps do have a pretty high capacity for holding the beetles that fall in and drown.
- Jonathan Graham, SC
Great Idea, but wasteful
As a society, we really need to get away from this use once then throw away mindset. Especially where petrochemical based plastics are concerned.
Our landfills are already overflowing.
Sorry Mr. Cutts, make a reusable one and Ill buy and recommend them.
Better products availablel
Works well with cider vinegar and oil, but is a one use product which is very wasteful. The reusable traps work as well and are reusable.
- JD, LA
I never seen a hive beetle in my hives but I installed a beetle blaster in one and filled half full of canola oil.
I checked today 2 weeks later and had 60 dead hive beetles.
It does work.