American Foul Brood has been confirmed in 35 Apiaries in Northern Ireland this year so far. European Foul Brood , EFB, has also been found in 4 apiaries to date.
This is the highest number of AFB cases in many, many years.
Beekeepers have a responsibility to be vigilant and look for the signs and symptoms of these diseases and report any suspicions immediately.
The current fair weather means there is an opportunity for beekeepers to check their brood frames before closing them up for winter.
- Examine frames for anything that looks out of the ordinary, for example, different brood pattern.
- Examine frames for cells with sunken and/or perforated cells.
- Use a matchstick to do a “rope” test on suspect cells.
- If positive , close up the hive and contact the bee inspector and other experienced beekeepers within your association.
- Do not move the hive.
- Do not move any other hives out of the apiary.
- Be scrupulously clean with equipment and clothing between examinations of colonies in the apiary.
- American Foul Brood is a nasty disease which will kill your colonies. If suspected, it must be notified and actions taken . Contacts: Helpline 0300 200 7852; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index/animal-health-and-welfare/bees/bee-health.htm
- Excellent information is available on this site.
Brood infected with AFB:
Positive ‘rope’ test:
Photos courtesy BeeBase.