Ingenious idea from a customer on delivery of a knock-out-punch to Small Hive Beetle. Shaped like a fly swatter but made from masonite, the 'swatter' part is open so that you can slide a half strip of Check-mite plus inside. The handle allows you to slide the swatter onto the bottom board without disturbing the bees. The Beetle seeks shelter in the dark corners of the 'swatter' and comes in contact with the strip. Remove after 7 days.
I used this device late last fall. Following the instructions, I cut a Check Mite strip in two pieces and placed them in the swatter. I placed the swatter in the back of the hive on the screened bottom board. After a week I checked for dead beetles and there were lots of dead ones. One consideration is that you have to remove the entrance reducer. I like it! No dead bees.
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