Posts tagged disease

Guides to Honey Bee Diseases

The Field Guide to Honey Bee Diseases
Penn State University publication – free download

Web based disease identification resource



Managing Small Hive Beetle

Last month Bee Craft hosted a Webinar (new word to me!) on the Small Hive Beetle and have now created a page listing everything you may possibly need to know about this pest.

This is posted in the hope we never need to know…..

small hive beetle.

With the infestation of hives in Italy in late 2014 with small hive beetle Aethina tumida – a little bit about the pest.

The beetle – of sub saharan origin was first identified in Calabria (the toe of Italy) on 11th September.  As an invasive pest it is notifiable.  The NBU have an advisory leaflet

An article on the beetle, its control and management is here – the best defence seems to be strong unstressed colonies

YouTube provides some interesting clips on techniques for catching the beetle.  Monitoring a hive can be achieved using panels of black corex (the sort of thing estate agent signs are made of these days.  Or they can be purchased from bee supply houses.