How to prevent hive beetles

If you live in the south eastern United States and many other places throughout the US and across the globe, chances are you’re struggling with hive beetle infestation in your honey bee colonies.  Hive beetles are small beetles that live inside a honey bee hive, eating valuable resources and inviting infection into the colony.  Learn a simple recipe you can make at home that’s all natural is an excellent way to keep your hive beetle problem under control without hurting your colonies.

You’ll need a few things to create a simple hive beetle trap.

1.  Crisco or other vegetable shortening

2.  Boric Acid (commonly found at Lowes or Home Depot, it’s a natural acid used to kill roaches and other insects)

3.  Plastic road signs (the kind you often see in elections or from small businesses, available anywhere – the color and style doesn’t matter as long as it’s corrugated like cardboard)

4.  Scissors


To create your hive beetle trap(s), cut rectangles of the plastic road signs using your scissors, approximately 6″x6″.  We recommend cutting 10 at a time to make assembly easy and fast.  Once you have cut the amount of squares desired, stack them on top of each other with the corrugation all facing one way.  Face the holes in the corrugation upwards towards the sky.  Take a clean finger, and scoop some shortening, smearing the open holes until they are all filled.  Flip the pieces of plastic over so that the other holes are now facing upwards, and the filled holes are facing towards the ground.  Take your boric acid and gently shake into the holes, filling them up 2/3 full.  Take more shortening, and cover the open holes.  Staple one square into the bottom of each hive.  The beetles will be attracted to the shortening, which they’ll enter.  The boric acid will burn them, and the bees will actually force them to stay inside.  These traps work for 60-90 days, so be sure to replace them.

3 Responses to “How to prevent hive beetles”

  1. bobby williams says:

    I’ll try it.

    • Rashid says:

      I’ve never kept bees, but have been reading/studying the topic over the last coulpe of years and plan to build some Warre Hives this winter to have ready for spring. Thanks for sharing your experience, I’ll follow your progress.

  2. Jeison says:

    I just spent a few hours over at K’s, helping to cut the elbmur for her top bar hive and I’m SOOOOO excited for both of you Especially since I can’t commit to bees myself at the moment, it’s thrilling to be able to live vicariously through you! Can’t wait to hear more as your bee adventures progress