Small Hive Beetle Sweeper

Last year when we had our huge beetle infestation my husband, overwhelmed at the mess, said he was “tired of squishing beetles” and invented me a BEETLE SWEEPER!  This year with my new bees, I have been using it every few weeks in my beehives, clear up to when the bees are left alone in the fall for the winter.  It works really good.

Photo of Sweeper used to suck up small hive beetles

Brand and power of sweeper

He took a small, low powered sweeper, and cut the end off of a transmission fluid funnel like this one:

Photo of transmission fluid funnel

Transmission fluid funnel used to make nozzle

He then inserted it into the tip of the hose and secured it with electrical tape wound really tightly.

Photo of nozzle on small hive beetle sweeper

Nozzle with cut off end taped inside of it

And this is the result:

Photo of Finished small hive beetle sweeper

Finished small hive beetle sweeper

I just lift the top lid of the bee hive and lay it down quickly so that the beetles that might be in the lid do not scatter or fly off.  And you have to be VERY careful to avoid the bees because it will suck them up too.  And you can’t release the bees without releasing the beetles, so they are gone.  But you’ll get the hang of it after sucking up a few bees.  You will learn to gauge just how close you can come without commiting a bad thing.

Photo of beekeeper using a small hive beetle sweeper

Me using the hive beetle sweeper on my own hives

I have found that if I do this on a regular basis, after a while lifting the lid and examining shows only a few beetles. I think it’s having a good effect on the population.  Keep in mind, I also have bottom oil traps too.

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  1. […] I think the MOST effective thing I did was to use the beetle vacuum that my husband designed for me.… […]

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  2. Awesome idea! The hive beetles have not been so bad for me this year. I will definitely try this out if times get bad for me again.

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  3. How clever! I had the start of the beetles this year and did use an oil trap in one of the hives. The hives are closed up for the winter now, so hoping all looks well come Spring!

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    • I have been online too much and have to get out there in the cool and take out the excluders from in between the top super and the bottom brood chambers on two of mine (AFTER sweeping the beetles and refilling the oil on the bottom) I did one two weeks ago, but this needs to be done. THEN I’ll be readily closed up just like you have. I’ve got three good hives now. They’ve got beetles, but not a huge population. The sweeper helped get rid of probably 50-70 beetles. GOODY!

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