Content tagged "bee diseases and pests"

Varroa Sampling

Bee Health Updated: March 10, 2011

Sampling honey bee colonies for Varroa destructor is an extremely important tool for gaining control of Varroa mites. Why SAMPLE in a standard way? The...

Methods for Varroa Sampling

Bee Health Updated: March 10, 2011

Why SAMPLE in a standard way? 1. Sampling a Colony: Sample 300 adult bees from one frame containing brood (eggs, larvae or pupae). 2. 300 bees occupy a...

Powder Sugar Roll for Varroa Sampling

Bee Health Updated: March 10, 2011

To keep your honey bee colonies healthy, it is important to determine the level of varroa mites in your colonies. This method provides a good estimate of the...

What is causing the decline of honey bee populations?

Bee Health Updated: November 11, 2009

What causes purple brood (honey bee larva that looks blue or purple, instead of white)?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

Shook Swarm and OTC Antibiotics for European Foulbrood Control

Bee Health Updated: November 06, 2009

Citation: Waite, R. J., Brown, M. A., Thompson, H. M., Bew, M. H. (2003). Controlling European foulbrood with the shook swarm method and oxytetracycline in...

Lab Diagnosis of European Foulbrood

Bee Health Updated: October 20, 2009

European Foulbrood (abbreviated EFB) is a honey bee brood disease caused by the bacterium Melissococcus plutonius (Figure 1). Beekeepers and apiary...

Diagnostic Kits for American and European Foulbrood

Bee Health Updated: October 19, 2009

American foulbrood and European foulbrood are bacterial diseases that affect honey bee brood. The causative organism for American foulbrood is Paenibacillus...

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