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.

How to Treat Dysentery in Honey Bees

How to Treat Dysentery in Honey Bees

Harsh winters have many effects on wintering honey bee colonies. They often have you wondering how to treat dysentery in honey bees after you notice the problem with your colony. Dysentery in honey bees is a huge concern for beekeepers because it can lead to more serious problems in the colony. Timely inspections of beehives even in winter, help you identify this problem in affected beehives and address it on time. The biggest problem with dysentery in honey bees is that it can be a standalone problem, or a symptom of another problem plaguing the colony. Therefore, it is important that you are able to identify this problem in honeybee colonies in your beekeeping operation and address it.

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How the Cloudy Wing Virus Affect Honey Bees

Honeybee Colony

Perhaps you have also come across the graphic example of the extensively publicized economic, social and political disruption that has been caused by the widespread colony collapses reported by migratory beekeepers within the US. That helps attest to the fact that honey bees face serious challenges and need intervention. Many of the challenges that play a role and can result in death of bees include: parasites, diseases, climatic factors and exposure to chemicals such as pesticides or insecticides. A virus such as the Cloudy Wing Virus (CWV), a widespread infection can have a serious effect on honey bee colonies. It has been tested and categorized as one of the viral diseases that affect bees.

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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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What is the Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV)?

Honeybee Colony

The honey bee is targeted by more than 18 viruses, along with various pests, parasites and predators. One of the viruses that has been isolated and described is the Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV). As the name implies, it causes chronic paralysis in bees and is found worldwide. The virus is common and detectable throughout the year. Nonetheless, it stays dormant in asymptomatic bees. An outbreak of severe disease symptoms tends to be erratic, and will appear mostly during spring and summer, when the honey bee colony is at its peak of production.

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Understanding the Deformed Wing Virus in Honeybees

Deformed Wing Virus

The deformed wing virus (DWV) is a viral infestation of the bee colony. It is also called the deformed wing disease and it affects honey bees worldwide. This virus presents multiple symptoms and deformities and is named after the most obvious one suffered by bees: wing deformation. This deformity is induced in the pupa stage of a honeybee’s lifecycle. Their wings become shrunken and deformed among other often visible developmental deformities. It has become a global crisis for the bees and also for us as humans, since our survival is tied to them.

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Beekeeping Barrier Management System for Pest and Disease Control

Beekeeping Barrier Management System

A structured approach in barrier management gives you the best results in pest and disease control. It allows you unique insights into the barriers you establish and their effectiveness. You are also able to follow up and monitor performance of the barriers with ease. The barrier management system for pest and disease control in your beekeeping operation makes the operation safe, with your better understanding of risks.

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Chalkbrood Disease Treatment for Honey and Mason Bees

Chalkbrood Disease

A major affliction of honey and mason bees is the chalkbrood disease, which caused by the fungus Ascosphaera Apis. The diseases afflicts colonies of the honey bee the world over. It mummifies the larvae of honey bees, leaving larvae in bee brood cells hard on the outside and white on the inside. The mummified larvae looks like a piece of chalk, hence the name chalkbrood. This disease of honey bees affects both sealed and unsealed brood in a colony. These mycelia multiply and eventually engulf the entire larvae inside the cell and kill it. This guide helps you with chalkbrood disease treatment for honey and mason bees.

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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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Sacbrood Disease Treatment and Management for Honey Bees

Sacbrood Disease

Sacbrood disease is a condition that affects honey bee brood. The disease causes death of afflicted honey bee larvae. Any honey bee larvae that has the disease does not pupate. Adult honey bees can be affected by the disease too, but does not show any characteristic symptom. Even then, the lifespan of the afflicted adult bee is significantly reduced. Sacbrood disease in honey bees is caused by a virus called the Sacbrood virus (SBV). So far, research has found more than one genotype of this virus. This article helps you understand the disease better and also takes you through treatment and management for honey bees.

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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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