|Precautions Against the Spread of Brood Diseases
- Keep the apiary clean and tidy. Do not throw propolis or burr comb on the ground where it may be robbed. Place it in a suitable container and remove from the apiary.
- Do not buy colonies of bees except from disease-free apiaries. Do not accept swarms of unknown origin.
- Do not buy old combs without knowing the disease history.
- Disinfect secondhand equipment before use.
- Do not feed honey or pollen from doubtful sources.
- If a colony dies, close the hive pending an examination to prevent remaining stores from being robbed.
- Do not exchange brood or super combs unless they are from disease-free colonies.
- Prevent robbing at all times.
- Minimize drifting as much as possible.
- Inspect your own colonies for disease, do not wait for someone else to do it for you. Always keep a careful watch for signs of disease. If you see suspicious signs of diseases, call upon your apiary inspector for advice and assistance.