Posts Categorized: Pest and Disease Control

Bald Brood video

In April 2013 I wrote a blog about Bald Brood. Since then I have captured a video of myself digging out the wax moth larvae from the sealed brood. Whenever I see these symptoms I always try to remove the wax moth. For more information on bald brood please see my previous blog HERE.

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Neglected Drone Brood

https://beeinformed.org/2013/07/25/neglected-drone-brood/

Throughout the year several honey bee diseases can be noted in stressed or sick colonies. There are also other stress factors that cause colony conditions to deteriorate and look very similar to sick or diseased colonies. One condition is neglected drone brood. It is caused by either a drone laying queen, laying workers, poorly mated…

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Bald Brood

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/23/bald-brood/

An interesting brood symptom you may come across in a weak hive in the spring is Bald Brood. Bald brood is caused by the Lesser wax moth (Achroia gresella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella.) You can see in the image below the linear pattern of uncapping that occurs due to the wax moths…

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Unknown Brood Damage

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/12/insecticide-brood-damage/

Posted 4/17/2013 This blog was changed from the original post. The title has changed from Pesticide brood Kill to Unknown Brood Damage. This change was in response to the comments I have received both on this blog and by emails, I want to clarify a few of my comments. First, I regret the original title…

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European Foulbrood (EFB) Part 2.

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/05/european-foulbrood-efb-identification/

The most problematic pest beekeepers encounter in the United States today is the varroa mite. The varroa mite (Varroa destructor) is an ectoparasite associated with spreading disease, pathogens and reducing the lifespan of male and female honey bees. The mites accomplish this by creating wounds in honey bees with piercing/sucking mouthparts, then feeding on the…

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How to make a Sugar Roll jar

https://beeinformed.org/2013/03/19/how-to-make-a-sugar-roll-jar/

A sugar roll test is a simple way to monitor your varroa mite loads without killing a lot of bees. It is easy and fast and only a few items are needed. To make a sugar roll jar you will need a few supplies. You can get these supplies at a home improvement store and…

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Purple Brood

https://beeinformed.org/2012/11/20/purple-brood/

Liz and I spent a week in Southern California taking samples for the National Honey Bee Disease Survey. We came across purple brood – something I had never seen before. The larvae had a bright purple hue to them along their gut line. It was quite pretty. After some research, it seems that the most…

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The Pettis Test

https://beeinformed.org/2012/11/05/the-pettis-test/

It has been said that the largest enemy of the honey bee is the Varroa mite. Latching on to the bee, weakening their immune systems and causing an increased risk of disease and virus with their bite, it is the equivalent of a human being having a tick the size of dinner plate attached to…

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Yellow Jackets

https://beeinformed.org/2012/10/11/yellow-jackets/

With winter approaching and food sources dwindling honey bee colonies are starting to be harassed by pests. Yellow Jackets are one of the most common pests, they feed on bees, larva, brood, honey bee bread and pretty much anything they can take advantage of in the hive. During this time of year when robbing becomes…

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