Dos and don'ts of AFB control
- Report AFB to the Management Agency within 7 days of finding it
- Inspect your hives for AFB at least twice a year
- Inspect hives before removing bees, honey or equipment
- Inspect all brood frames
- Shake bees off the frames before inspecting them
- Train yourself and your staff in techniques to recognise and eliminate AFB
- Burn infected colonies
- Feed pollen substitutes rather than pollen
- Feed sugar syrup rather than frames of honey
- Use hive and apiary quarantines
- Only use approved sterilisation methods
- Use a thermometer and timer when wax dipping (10 min at 160oC)
- Treat hives to clear up parasitic mite syndrome (PMS) before checking for AFB
- Become an approved beekeeper
- Get suspect AFB samples tested
- Don’t feed drugs to control AFB
- Don’t scorch boxes to sterilize them
- Don’t try to control AFB by removing diseased frames
- Don’t extract honey from infected colonies
- Don’t feed bee-collected pollen to colonies
- Don’t feed extracted honey to bees
- Don’t let hives get robbed out
- Don’t shook swarm
- Don’t let stock knock over beehives
- Don’t use steam chests to sterilise infected equipment
- Don’t distribute the equipment from dead hives between other hives
- Don’t allow colonies to die of varroa or any other cause
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Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.
There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.
New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.
Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an AFB infection by reading this section.
Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.