Dos and don'ts of AFB control

Do:

  • Report AFB to the Management Agency within 7 days of finding it
  • Inspect your hives for AFB at least twice a year
  • Inspect hives before removing bees, honey or equipment
  • Inspect all brood frames
  • Shake bees off the frames before inspecting them
  • Train yourself and your staff in techniques to recognise and eliminate AFB
  • Burn infected colonies
  • Feed pollen substitutes rather than pollen
  • Feed sugar syrup rather than frames of honey
  • Use hive and apiary quarantines
  • Only use approved sterilisation methods
  • Use a thermometer and timer when wax dipping (10 min at 160oC)
  • Treat hives to clear up parasitic mite syndrome (PMS) before checking for AFB
  • Become an approved beekeeper
  • Get suspect AFB samples tested

Don't:

  • Don’t feed drugs to control AFB
  • Don’t scorch boxes to sterilize them
  • Don’t try to control AFB by removing diseased frames
  • Don’t extract honey from infected colonies
  • Don’t feed bee-collected pollen to colonies
  • Don’t feed extracted honey to bees
  • Don’t let hives get robbed out
  • Don’t shook swarm
  • Don’t let stock knock over beehives
  • Don’t use steam chests to sterilise infected equipment
  • Don’t distribute the equipment from dead hives between other hives
  • Don’t allow colonies to die of varroa or any other cause