Honeybee Pests & Diseases
We work with the beekeeping industry to check for honeybee pests and diseases. We certify colonies leaving the state and check incoming colonies.
Varroa Mite Control
Mite Away Quick Strips
(MAQS™) are now registered as a pesticide in Wisconsin. The product, from NOD Apiary Products, Ontario, Canada, was registered in March 2011. http://miteaway.com/
The product is also registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency. This notice should not be taken as an endorsement or product promotion but as a notice to Wisconsin beekeepers that another Varroa mite control product is now available for use in Wisconsin.
With all pesticide products, please read and follow all label instructions as the label is the law.
Import Restrictions on Australian Honey Bees
A federal import order, effective Dec. 21, 2010 prohibits the importation of adult honey bees(Apis mellifera)
Jan. 2012 - The first documentation that the phorid fly Apocephalus borealis, previously known to parasitize bumble bees, also infects and eventually kills honey bees and may pose an emerging threat to North American apiculture.
Colony Collapse Disorder
Colony Collapse Disorder
Find more information on this serious bee ailment.
You will need a PDF reader to view and print the following apiary publications.
Certified Queen and Package Producers - 1 page PDF
Contact information for certified queen and package producers shipping into Wisconsin.
Honey Bee Control Treatments - 2 page PDF
Chemical and cultural control information for beekeeping.
Do's and Don'ts of Varroa Mite and AFB Control - 1 page PDF
Management recommendations for varroa and AFB control.
Mite-Away II™ for Control of Varroa and Tracheal Mite - 1 page PDF
API LIFE VAR for Suppression of Varroa mite - 1 page PDF
Instructions for using API LIFE VAR in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Honey Bee Import Report - 2 page PDF
Bee shipments to Wisconsin require a Honey Bee Import Report and valid inspection certification.
Tylan for Control of American Foulbrood Infected Hives - 1 page PDF
Instruction for using Tylan in Wisconsin for American Foulbrood.
Responding to Emergencies Involving Bees - 4 page PDF
Wisconsin Honey Producers Association
Organized in 1864 by Wisconsin beekeepers. The association links commercial and hobby honey producers as well as promoting the use of honey and hive products and supporting scientific research related to beekeeping and honey production.
National Honey Board
The Board conducts research, advertising and promotions to help maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets for honey.
Cooperative Pest Survey Bulletin
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection provides current information about honeybee pests and diseases, plus other insect-related information.
American Honey Producers
Dedicated to promoting the common interests and general welfare of the American honey producer. Newsletter, convention, producer information.
American Beekeeping Federation
A national association that acts on behalf of the beekeeping industry. Newsletter, convention, American Honey Queen program.
Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC)
MAAREC is a regional group focused on addressing the pest management crisis facing the beekeeping industry in the Mid-Atlantic Region but their research and information may be beneficial to all beekeepers.
Call 608-224-4572 or send email to request information.