Bee Diseases & Treatments

Honeybees are susceptible to various diseases that are caused by pests, parasites and pathogens. As such, there are treatments available to counter these diseases to get your colony back to full strength.

Nosema Treatment for Honey Bees

Nosema is a fungal parasite of honey bees that causes the disease Nosemosis. There are two species of the microsporidian parasite: one is the Nosema Apis and the other is the Nosema Ceranae. Both are problematic to beekeepers in the USA and globally. The Nosema Ceranae has spread in recent years to many parts of the world. In the USA and Europe, Nosema Apis was the endemic species. However, the Nosema Ceranae has evolved alongside the Asian honey bees and then spread throughout the world. Avoiding losses from Nosema infections is important in beekeeping. This article gives you better understanding of the disease and how to go about conducting Nosemosis treatment for honey bees.

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American Foulbrood Treatment and Management for Honey Bees

American Foulbrood Treatment

American foulbrood is a fatal disease of honey bee brood. It is caused by the bacterium, Paenibacillus larvae. Brood that has been infected by the American foulbrood disease, dies at the pupal or pre-pupal stage. Serious infections that spread over a lot of the brood in a beehive, cause weakening of the colony and its eventual death. This article discusses American foulbrood treatment and management for honey bee colonies and the necessary actions that beekeepers should take.

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Acute Bee Paralysis Virus (ABPV) – Symptoms and Diagnosis

Acute Bee Paralysis Virus

Over the last decade, beekeepers have had to find ways of retaliating against some of the problems they face. These include diseases, pests, parasites, predators, and weather elements. The common diseases that affect honey bees have forced researchers to go back to the drawing board and find ways of countering them. The Acute Bee Paralysis Virus, also referred to as ABPV, is among the diseases that pose a serious risk to beekeeping enterprises globally. It was discovered for the first time during the laboratory works on the identification of the causative agent of bee paralysis, i.e. the Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV).

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Black Queen Cell Virus Treatment for Honey Bees

Black Queen Cell Virus

The unchecked spread of diseases such as the Black Queen Cell Virus in honey bee colonies negatively affects the agricultural sector across the world, because of agriculture’s dependence on bees for pollination. It is therefore very important to understand the causes, course and control of diseases afflicting bees, to be in a position to protect the bee colonies that are so valuable to the whole agricultural industry.

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European Foulbrood Treatment and Management for Honey Bees

The honey bee colony in the beehive is one large organism, because each bee depends on the other to survive. A disease affecting any bee in the beehive can cause a lot of damage to the entire honey bee colony. The European foulbrood disease is one such affliction of honey bees. It is caused by a bacterium called Melissococcus Plutonius. European foulbrood has spread around the world and is today impacting honey bee colonies in all beekeeping regions. This guide sheds light on European foulbrood treatment and management for honey bees. It also explores the effects of the disease on beehive products including honey.

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