Pest & Disease Management of Honey Bees

​​​​​​​​Many pests, pathogens and parasites are spread among managed colonies and from managed colonies to wild bees.  It is crucial to catch problems early, assess treatment effectiveness, and avoid unnecessary treatment. The following practices are recommended to help prevent the spread of bee pests, pathogens and parasites:

  • Monitor for Varroa mites regularly​, treat when Varroa mite counts exceed three mites per 100 bees sampled

  • Use Integreated Pest Management (IPM) to create an individualized IPM plan to control Varroa mit​es

  • Learn about IPM with this EPA webinar: Protecting Honey Bees: Integrated Pest Management for Varroa Mites

  • Diagnose hive ailments and choose carefully among lawful treatment op​tions

  • Always rotate between lawful control treatment options

  • Rotate out a portion of old brood comb every year to reduce the buildup of pathogens and other substances​


Pest and Disease Control Treatment Options

Using Amiflex®​ for Varroa Mites on Honey Bees

Exotic Pests and Diseases of Honey Bees 

Find a Veterinarian for Your Bees

Honey Bee Diagnostic Labs Directory - Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA)

USDA Bee Lab Services

Best Management Practices for Beekeeping to Maximize Pollinator Health

Honey Bee Health Coalition - Tools for Varroa Management

Honey Bee Health Coalition - Varroa Management Decision Tool

Honey Bee Health Coalition - Best Management Practices for Bee Health

Record sheet for Management and Treatment of Bees


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