EFB has returned to Warwickshire

EFB has returned to Warwickshire. There has been a serious outbreak in the Stratford upon Avon and Henley in Arden areas. One local beekeeper with 18 apiaries has had 4 apiaries affected, all of which have been subjected to the, regrettably, all too familiar corrective measures by the seasonal bee inspectors. If your apiaries are located in the Aston Cantlow, Wilmcote, Henley in Arden and Wootton Wawen areas, these will be worrying times. There is not much you can do other than to wait and hope but, as beekeepers are among the most common vectors of this pernicious disease, applying high hygiene standards during and before moving on to another apiary, is essential. This involves regular washing of bee suits cleaning of boots, and hive tools etc., cleaning or replacing gloves and where you grip your smoker bellows.

(via Warwick and Leamington Branch of WBKA)

For more information on foulbroods please see this page on BeeBase.

Gary Thomas