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Anne writes

What time of year is appropriate to use Permethrin SFR 36.8%?

Live in Kansas I want to apply product on ground around hive to reduce hive Beetles.


You want to be very careful when using Permethrin SFR 36.8% to treat for hive beetles as the Permethrin is highly toxic to bees! According to the attached article from the University of Arkansas about Managing Small Hive Beetles :   Soil Treatment - The pupal stage is a vulnerable time in the beetle life cycle. Slightly moist, loose, sandy soil is optimal for their development. Locating colonies on hard clay or rocky soil, rather than light sandy soil, can reduce the number of beetly larvae that successfully pupate. If larvae are present in the colony, soil around the hive can be treated with a permethrin drench to prevent the larvae from pupating, killing them in the soil. 

We also suggest that you contact your local Extension office  to see what their recommendations are for as far as time frame for you to do this in your area. Most times they can give you much more precise advice on those times of years more specific to your local area. 

Answer last updated on: 09/22/2016

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