If you have seen this pest, contact the Customer Service Centre.
The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major threat to honey producers as it consumes brood, pollen and honey. Combs full of honey can be ruined as the beetle larvae tunnel, defecate and produce slime over them.
In Florida, United States, 20,000 hives were lost in the first two years of an outbreak of SHB.
Do not use unregistered chemicals in your hives to control SHB - this could result in residues in honey and bee products.
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Biosecurity Queensland can identify your beetle samples to determine if your hives are infested with SHB. Catch the beetles and place them in a sample jar of methylated spirits. Drain off the methylated spirits before mailing. Do not send live beetles in the mail. Include a completed Specimen Advice Sheet (PDF, 41.7KB) with the sample.
Mail the sample to:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Or deliver to: