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Short video to show the effectiveness of Freeman style small hive beetle traps after being placed on an infected hive for 24 hours.

Take note of the fact that there are zero dead bees and a lot of dead beetles.

This trap type requires a special #6 cloth, any old #6 cloth will not do. The average size of an adult small hive beetle is 3.2mm across the back, so you must use a #6 cloth with an average aperture of 3.2mm (not just 6 squares per inch which is what "#6" actually means. The wire diameter used to make the weave causes the aperture (opening) between each wire to vary, considerably. Some #6 cloth is enormous and some are much too small. We use a #6 cloth with an average aperture of 3.2004mm. Make sure if you do not buy from us that the "aperture" of the cloth you are getting is no larger than this or you will have lots of dead bees.

Link to this product in our store: Small Hive Beetle Traps