PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE SPREAD OF BROOD DISEASES
- Keep the apiary clean and tidy. Do not
throw propolis or burr comb on the ground where it may be robbed. Place it
in a suitable container and remove from the apiary.
- Do not buy colonies of bees except from
disease-free apiaries. Do not accept swarms of unknown origin.
- Do not buy old combs without knowing the
- Disinfect secondhand equipment before use.
- Do not feed honey or pollen from doubtful
- If a colony dies, close the hive pending an
examination and to prevent remaining stores from being robbed.
- Do not exchange brood or super combs unless
they are from disease-free colonies.
- Prevent robbing at all times.
- Minimize drifting as much as possible.
- Inspect your own colonies for disease and
do not wait for someone else to do it for you. Always keep a careful watch
for signs of disease. If you see suspicious signs of diseases, call upon
your apiary inspector for advice and assistance.
DIRECTIONS FOR SENDING DISEASED HONEY BEES FOR DIAGNOSIS
Samples of Adult Honey Bees
||Send at least 100 bees and if possible, select bees that are dying or that
died recently. Decayed bees are not satisfactory for examination. |
||Bees should be placed in 70% ethyl or methyl alcohol as soon as possible
after collection and carefully packed in leak-proof containers. |
||Alternatively, bees can be placed in a paper bag or loosely wrapped in a
paper towel, newspaper, etc. and sent in a mailing tube or heavy cardboard
box. AVOID using plastic bags, aluminum foil, waxed paper, tin, glass, etc.
because they promote decomposition.|
Samples of Brood
- The sample of comb should be at least 2 X 2 inches and contain as much of
the dead or discolored brood as possible. NO HONEY SHOULD BE PRESENT IN
- The comb can be in a paper bag or loosely wrapped in a paper towel,
newspaper, etc. and sent in a heavy cardboard box. AVOID wrappings such
as plastic, aluminum foil, waxed paper, tin, glass, etc. because they
- If a comb cannot be sent, the probe used to examine a diseased larva in
the cell may contain enough material for tests. The probe can be wrapped in
paper and sent to the laboratory in an envelope.
How to Address Samples
Bee Disease Diagnosis
Bee Research Laboratory
Bldg. 476, BARC-East
Beltsville, MD 20705
- A short description of the problem along with your name and address should
be attached to the package.
- There is no charge for this service.
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