IPM for HONEY BEE PESTS, PARASITES, PATHOGENS and PREDATORS
PESTS: Wax Moths and Small Hive Beetles
- Keep all of your unused combs in mothproof stacks or in a mothproof room or building. Tape cracks between supers or repair supers so they fit tightly together. Inspect regularly! Treat with Para-moth® or Fumigator® at first sign of wax moth.
- The best solution for wax moths is to keep as many supers of combs as possible on your colonies. Strong colonies provide the best protection for your combs.
- To minimize damage from Small Hive Beetles:
- Extract honey within one week of removing supers from the hive and return supers to hives immediately after extracting.
- Keep your honey house and equipment scrupulously clean.
PARASITES: Parasitic Mites and Nosema
- Exchange drone comb traps.
- Freeze drone combs you removed.
PATHOGENS: AFB and Other Diseases
- Examine 3 - 4 combs in brood nest for disease.
- Abate AFB colonies.
- If you are unsure about a diagnosis, send a sample to the Bee Research Laboratory for analysis.
PREDATORS: Bears and Skunks