Swarms are a source of AFB
Swarms are less likely to develop AFB if they are placed on foundation, rather than drawn comb.
When foundation is used, the bees must first draw out comb before beginning brood rearing, and they are therefore more likely to purge themselves of the AFB spores they are carrying before beginning to feed larvae again.
It is also a good idea to initially hive swarms in old equipment so it will not be as costly if the equipment has to be destroyed.
Swarms can carry AFB.
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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.