Managing Pests, Parasites & Disease
Nosema is one of the most prevalent infections in honey bees in New York. It is caused by two species of fungal gut parasites, Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. Both parasites can kill colonies that are unable to clear the infection.
American foulbrood (AFB) is a destructive, worldwide bacterial disease that infects and kills larvae. Colonies inevitably die either because adults are no longer replaced or because there are too few of them to protect against robbing. The bacterium that causes this disease, Paenibacillus larvae, can infect colonies at any time of the year.
Think your bees are suffering from pests, parasites or disease?
Send a sample for diagnosis to the Beltsville Bee Lab. Analyses are free of charge.
Need to find a bee vet in your area?
Find one on the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium.