Small Hive Beetle management options


Small hive beetle is a scavenger of honey bee colonies that originated from sub-Saharan Africa and was first identified in Australia in October, 2002.

A number of management options are available, both for the apiary and for the colonies themselves.

This Primefact cover the following topics:

  • current distribution
  • spread
  • life cycle
  • identification
  • finding SHB in a hive
  • potential damage
  • management strategies
  • equipment recovery after SHB damage
  • future control methods


Primefact 764 First Edition

Published: 01 Mar 2008