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Monday, June 20th, 7pm 
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Speaker: Dave Miller, Millerbee Manufacturing
Topic:  Small Hive Beetles

Few hives in Georgia are safe from Aethina tumida, also known as Small Hive Beetle. Originally from sub-Saharan Africa, they were discovered in Georgia in July 1998. Since then, managing small hive beetles has become a necessary part of managing our bees. Join us to hear how Dave Miller manages hive beetles in his colonies. 

Master Beekeeper Dave Miller worked in the power tool industry for 43 years as a product design engineer. He started beekeeping as a hobbyist in the mid-1990s and has kept bees in Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Dave began to develop traps for small hive beetles in 2004, when the invasive pests first appeared in his hives in West Tennessee. He started Millerbees Mfg., a small family business, four years later, making Beetle Jail® brand small hive beetle traps. Millerbees Mfg. now manufactures and sells a broader line of beekeeping accessories, all of which are available online at (Photo credit: Humberto Boncristiani)


Our June meeting will be held in person at the Reynolds Nature Preserve,  

5665 Reynolds Road, Morrow, GA 30260. This meeting is also offered via ZOOM.

Please send an email request for the link.

Try Beneficial Insects around your hives to mitigate small hive beetles


Phillip Tedders of Southeastern Insectaries states that beneficial Nematodes are an environmentally friendly, biological alternative to the use of toxic chemical pesticides as a means to control pests.

The original research on the use of beneficial nematodes against Small Hive Beetle was conducted by Southeastern Insectaries and UGA.

Tests by Southeastern Insectaries have determined that Heterorhabditis Indica (H.i.) is highly effective in controlling Small Hive Beetle populations.

If you'd like to order nematodes, call 478-988-9412 or email


Tara Beekeepers Association invites YOU to join US!
Membership is $25, and includes family members.
Our regular meetings take place on the third Monday of each month, at 7 pm.
We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees!
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