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Bee Health

The beekeeping sector is regulated by EU and national legislation. Under this legislation, bees are subject to veterinary inspection for certain notifiable pests and diseases. Currently these are American Foul Brood Disease, European Foul Brood Disease, Small Hive Beetle and the Tropilaelaps mite. Beekeepers must notify this Department of all suspected outbreaks of any of these pests or diseases in their bee hives or colonies.

Bee Disease Diagnostic Service

A free bee disease diagnostic service is currently available to all beekeepers which has been running throughout 2017 and 2018 on a pilot basis. This service is funded by DAFM with analysis conducted by Dr Mary F Coffey. To safeguard bee health all beekeepers are asked to remain vigilant for notifiable pests and diseases and to submit samples if foulbrood is suspected. The sample submission form as well as information about the service and a guide to sampling is available below:

Map of Bee Diagnostic Service Results

Bee Diagnistic Service Results 2018 - Added 08.08.18

As multiple samples are often submitted by Beekeepers or Associations the points on the map indicate apiaries and are mapped to the nearest town. DAFM would like to acknowledge the vigilance of beekeepers and the collective effort of individuals and associations in submitting samples for analysis.    

Table of Bee Diagnostic Service Results

Added 08.08.18

Honey Bee Veterinary Medicines

Pest & Disease Information Sheets