Struggling for Help?
Numerous articles have been published describing bee diseases. However, when your bees are affected, time is of essence and the search for useful answers can take quite some time. There is no single publication that has all the answers and after having read through a few every new beekeeper is left with unanswered questions and some doubt, and maybe some element of confusion as well.When you are lucky you can find help from a more experienced beekeeper who has got the time to assist you when you need it most.With this section on our website we want to assist new beekeepers in their struggle by consolidating the information available, hereby streamlining the search for help.Agriculture Victoria has published information about Bee pests and diseasesAG1100 Beekeeping and the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 provides the legal basis for monitoring and control of bee diseases in Victoria.Comprehensive and useful references are Wikipedia's Diseases of the honey bee or this link to Beekeeping Wikia Diseases of the honey bee
AG0990 - A Guide to the Field Diagnosis of Honey Bee Brood Diseases - a field guide for apiarists to identify the four important brood diseases: American foulbrood, European foulbrood, chalkbrood and sacbrood.
AG1076 - Field Diagnosis of Exotic Honey Bee Parasites - provides information for beekeepers about exotic honey bee parasites and pests that are a serious threat to Australian honey bee colonies kept by commercial and hobby beekeepers.AG1249 - Samples for laboratory diagnosis of bee diseases - provides information on how beekeepers can prepare and submit samples for laboratory diagnosis of American foulbrood, European foulbrood and nosema in honey bees.
Diseases that must be notified
To prevent diseases from spreading, certain diseases and health issues need to be notified. The objective is not to 'punish' beekeepers, but providing assistance.
A resourceful library of on-line information by the NSW Department of Primary Industries is: Pests and diseases of honeybeesAs well as this contribution by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Queensland: Bee Diseases and pestsBeeAware - a hub of information for Australian beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops.
Beekeepers may be eligible to receive compensation if their bees and/or hives are destroyed or sterilised due to infection by the honey bee brood disease, American foulbrood (AFB).Compensation for loss due to AFB is not payable to an unregistered beekeeper or to a beekeeper who failed to notify the presence of field signs of AFB in his or her hives to a DEDJTR inspector.Compensation is paid from the Honey Bee Compensation and Industry Development Fund. The money in the fund is derived from registration fees paid by beekeepers. The first step is to recognise what the problem is and as part of this process you might have to send in a sample for diagnosis.