THE SMALL HIVE BEETLE

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The Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray 


This is the most up to date and recent book about the Small Hive Beetle highlighting the danger that they pose to honeybees and suggesting some control methods.

The importance of the role played by honey bee pests in the world is becom­ing more recognized each year, not only because of attention given to the pest species, such as the varroa mite and small hive beetle, but also because of the increasing realization that honey bees are extremely valuable to nature and humanity.

The purpose of this book is to familiarise the beekeeping public with a new honey bee pest, the small hive beetle, Aethina tumida Murray. The small hive beetle is native to Sub-Saharan Africa where it is known as a minor honey bee pest. Since 1996, the small hive beetle has become an invasive pest as introductions have been recorded in five continents other than its native Africa including Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Additional introductions to other regions of the world and further spread of the beetle in newly invaded countries are expected.
 

Wm. Michael Hood is Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Emeritus College, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA.

CONTENTS:

  • Preface by the Author
  • Acknowledgements
  • Other Beetle Species Found in Honey Bee Colonies 
  • History of the Small Hive Beetle 
  • Biology 
  • Genetic Diversity 
  • Economic Importance 
  • Control: 
    • Preventive Measures - Invasive Pathways 
    • Preventive Cultural Practices for the Beekeeper
    • Acceptable Pest Levels
    • Minimum Manipulation
    • Monitoring Practices on a Large Scale
    • Monitoring Practices for the Beekeeper 
    • Genetic Control 
    • Mechanical Control 
    • Physical Control
    • Biological Control 
    • Chemical Control 
  • Summary 
  • Top 20 Small Hive Beetle Management Recommendations 
  • References
  • List of Figures
  • About the Author
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