Beetle Blaster Directions for Use
1. The Better Beetle Blaster should be placed in the top super in the summer and in the brood nest in the winter.
2. Fill the trap about half full (20 cc’s) of cooking oil before putting it in place.
3. In the honey super, place the trap between the top bars of two frames near where beetles are observed. If none are observed, place it near the side and toward the back of the hive.
4. In the brood nest, place the trap between the top bars as near the center of the brood area as possible.
5. Clean any wax from the top bars so that the trap will fit down flat.
6. If you see beetles run from under the trap upon opening the hive, quickly drag your hive tool firmly from one end of the trap to the other. We have killed over 100 beetles in this manner. A dead beetle is a dead beetle whether in or under the trap.
7. The traps can be left in place for months. However, if your infestation is heavy, the beetles in the trap will rot and the trap is no longer effective. This can occur in as little as two weeks.
8. The traps are made to be disposable. However, if labor is not an issue for you, they can be carefully removed and washed out with a jet stream of water and reused.
9. The Better Beetle Blaster will not totally eliminate the beetles in your hives, but they will reduce the level of infestation drastically and will help prevent the takeover of the colony by beetles.
10. Small hive beetles will migrate from one hive to another. For best results, place a trap in every hive. For a faster reduction in beetle numbers you can place several traps in each hive.
11. It is very important that if you have a hive collapsing with small hive beetles, place 3 or four traps in it to keep as many beetles as possible from migrating to your other colonies.