Re: Freeman Beetle Trap
- Salt or any poison on the ground under a hive will help break the life cycle of the beetle since the grubs drop to the ground to form pupae which then hatch to adult beetles to invade your other hives. The same can be said for another popular remedy, nematodes.
There are two problems with this as a control though. First if you have grubs dropping to the ground the hive above is already destroyed. So it does not help that hive at all, only if you have other hives would it be a possible benefit to them. The other is that the salt will wash away pretty quickly during rainstorms.
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, "roger g" <toad08551@...> wrote:
> I read somewhere that spreading salt around under hive works well. Anyone tried or know more on it?? roger NJ
> --- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, mdudley@ wrote:
> > I am working on getting into beekeeping again now that the many problems with the mites and beetles have been pretty well resolved.
> > Reading reports on the net I find that the Freeman bottom board trap is reported to work the best of all the beetle traps. But it uses a good bit of oil, which can be expensive and must be disposed of. I found some suggestions that water, or soapy water can be used instead if you keep it filled and it stays above freezing.
> > Knowing that sometimes water ponds for industry have a film of oil on the surface to prevent evaporation I was considering the idea of using water with a small amount of oil on top to keep it from evaporating. Putting salt into the water could also make it viable at temperatures lower than freezing.
> > So I called Jerry Freeman yesterday and spoke with him about that and some other things. He is a really friendly chap who is very knowledgeable. He said that yes using a little oil on water works fine, but he has been too busy to post the method on the net.
> > So I though I would go ahead and put that information out for those who might find it useful.
> > Marshall
- I emailed Mr. Freeman about the lime and he was wanting to know if he could get the name and phone number of the breeder that uses lime. Here is his response:
Good suggestion. I have heard that lime will absorb moisture and crust over but that may not be true. Or it may take it a while. I'll run some trials and see how it works. It would be great to get something for the commercial beekeepers.
Any way to get the name and phone number of the queen breeder?
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, Mike S <mws1112004@...> wrote:
> >>> ... Freeman bottom board trap .... uses a good bit of oil (in the trap's tray) ....
> I might suggest using pickling lime which can be found in grocery stores. A queen raising operation uses that with reportedly excellent results. And, you don't have to worry about freezing.
> Mike in LA
From: mdudley@... <mdudley@...>
>>> I emailed Mr. Freeman about the lime and he was wanting to know if hecould get the name and phone number of the breeder that uses lime.
I will try to forward the request to the queen producer. I'm not sure that I have an e-mail address for him. When talking to him he made no mention of the lime absorbing moisture and crusting over. And, it may be that he empties the trap every couple of weeks and thus renews the lime before it has a chance to crust over. I will leave it up to him as to whether he contacts Mr. Freeman.
Mike in LA