Control of the small hive beetle, Aethina tumida in package bees

  • Published source details Baxter J.R., Elzen P.J., Westervelt D., Causey D., Randall C., Eischens F.A. & Wilson W.T. (1999) Control of the small hive beetle, Aethina tumida in package bees. American Bee Journal, 139, 792-793.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Prevent spread of the small hive beetle

Action Link
Bee Conservation
  1. Prevent spread of the small hive beetle

    In a replicated, controlled trial, Baxter et al. (1999) tested methods to control the spread of small hive beetle in packages for transporting honey bees Apis mellifera for the beekeeping industry in Texas, USA. They placed 'Checkmite strips' (containing the organophosphate coumaphos) in various positions inside or on the packages and intentionally introduced ten or twenty adult beetles. More than half theĀ beetles escaped from the packages through a ventilation panel and were not trapped or recovered. A Checkmite strip hanging in the middle of the package killed 94% of the remaining beetles. Beetles were not lured out of the packages by light traps.

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