I have been reading with some interest about people building hives with cedar. some are claiming success, others are claiming defeat.
The experiment I am running will deal not with using cedar as a building material, but using cedar products like cedar oil and cedar chips in and around the hive.
The two primary applications will be using cedar oil on the plastic sheet in the bottom of an IPM screen bottom for one hive and cedar chips on the bottom of another.
Another side experiment will be to treat the ground directly beneath elevated hives with cedar oil in an effort to control small hive beetle and other soil borne pests. How effective will it be on SHB population? Will it be harmful to bees as well?
Mite counts will be done on each test hive at every inspection. Fresh application of product will occur whenever bottom board plastic sheet is cleaned and replaced.
Questions I have:
Will presence of cedar products cause bees to become ill?
Will presence of cedar products cause bees to abscond?
Will cedar products actually have an effect on pest populations of mites, small hive beetle and others? What effect will that be?
At the end of the season, these will be the summary questons we answer as well as presenting other information obtained during the experiment.