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Small Hive Beetle Cassette trap -Apithor


This Small Hive Beetle Trap is an effective trap for management of small hive beetle.  If you have a major beetle problem this is the one to use.  



Do not use in hives with perforated bottom boards. 

Do not use in hives subject to water inundation.

Do not open or remove the insert from the harbourage device.

Situation Pest Rate
Honey bee hives Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida) 1 device per hive
Critical Comments

With a hive tool, paint scraper or similar implement remove wax and debris from a sufficient area of the bottom board to accommodate the harbourage. Place harbourage, flat surface down, on the bottom board with the slot ends aligned away from the hive entrance.

The harbourage must sit flat on the bottom board such that beetles cannot shelter underneath. In hives with corrugated or distorted bottom boards apply a thin bead of silicone sealant to the outer edge of the underside of the harbourage and press down firmly onto the bottom board. Unless stuck to the bottom board a thin wire may be attached to the harbourage to facilitate later removal from the hive via the hive entrance thus removing the need to open the hive. Monitor harbourages for damage or for 'waxing up' of the slot entrances. Replace if damaged or when effectiveness declines. Remove harbourages when control has been established or after 3 months.


I have heard of beekeepers attaching it to the wall of their hive with silicone (so it can be removed later) as the beetles run and scurry up the side of the wall and go and hide into the trap.  

It is IMPORTANT not to allow water to enter the hive and enter the trap.

to be used at own risk




For use under APVMA permit PER12007 only.

Dangerous to aquatic arthropods. DO NOT contaminate streams, rivers or waterways with the product or used containers. 

KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Store in the closed, original container in a dry, cool, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Dispose of used product by wrapping in paper, placing in a plastic bag and place in a garbage bin.


How Apithor works

Small Hive Beetle

Hive Beetle

The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) is an introduced pest, first discovered in Richmond, north west of Sydney, in 2002. After an extensive inspection and surveillance program it was concluded that the pest was not eradicable and it has therefore been declared endemic. The small hive beetle is now considered naturalised and common along the eastern seaboard of Australia. Normally a scavenger of bee hives in its native Africa, it has the potential to cause enormous losses to the bee industry through hive collapse or bees absconding. This potential was realised in the USA following the introduction of small hive beetle in the 1990s.


Development of the Small Hive Beetle Harbourage

Considerable research by the Industry & Investment NSW | Primary Industries with financial support provided by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has lead to the development of the Hive Beetle Harbourage that has proved to be both safe and highly effective in controlling beetles in the hive. Development was based on three equally important cornerstones:


  • Selection of an insecticide that combines excellent toxicity to beetles with favourable physicochemical attributes for in-hive use.
  • A delivery system that takes advantages of the beetle's behavioural vulnerabilities
  • Safety to bees and bee products


Extensive laboratory testing demonstrated that fipronil was extremely potent against small hive beetle adults. It has very low vapour pressure, low water solubility and is seemingly undetectable to insects. The small hive beetle is a shy insect that harbours in cracks and crevices in preference to remaining in the open. In the hive it is subject to harassment by bees so this habit can be exploited by providing a 'safe' haven in a lethal harbourage. Core-fluted corrugated cardboard is an excellent substrate for insecticide impregnation and also provides an ideal refuge for the beetles. The cardboard is subject to attack by bees which in turn are vulnerable to the insecticide, so a two-piece rigid plastic protective housing was developed. The device is tamperproof and prevents operator or bee contact with the insecticidal insert. Size differential prevents bees from entering whereas beetles enter easily.


A honey residue trial conducted according to Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Guideline 28 Residues in Honeydemonstrated that use of the device showed no fiprole residues in honey at a detection level of less than 1 ppb.

Results of efficacy trials conducted under an APVMA Permit indicated that deployment of a single harbourage on the bottom board of infested hives achieved a 100% reduction in the number of live adult beetles within six weeks.

Industry & Investment NSW | Primary Industries and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) have been granted patents in Australia and the USA.
Ensystex Australasia Pty Ltd has been granted the exclusive licence to commercialise the Hive Beetle Harbourage.


APITHOR Hive Beetle Harbourage

The APITHOR Hive Beetle Harbourage is a novel invention designed as a single use, disposable device that can be easily inserted and removed from standard hives without the need to open or dismantle hives. It is actively sought out by the target pest without the need to include attractants or baits. Some of the key attributes of the device are:


  • Two-piece rigid plastic design
  • Tamperproof after assembly (ultrasonic weld or glue)
  • Precise size openings that allow beetles in but exclude bees
  • Protective of C-flute cardboard insert
  • Cardboard insert set back from openings to prevent contact by bees' mouthparts
  • Black
  • Compatible with silicone adhesives
  • Disposable in household garbage
  • No user access to the insecticide treated insert
  • Long shelf-life and time in-service.


plastic harbourage

Safety for Bees

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APITHOR has been fully evaluated for its safety to bee hives. The below photo exemplifies this as it shows how in one hive the bees had actually produced a comb on the APITHOR Harbourage!

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