Tips for the Month:

  •  Monitor stores in the broodbox and make sure there are at least 2 regular frames full with stores to last a week of poor weather if you have removed all the supers.

  • Do a varroa check by putting in your inspection tray for a week and then monitoring the drop using the calculator on Beebase to ascertain how urgent treatment is.

  • Do a disease check by shaking the bees off the frames and checking the brood carefully. Look for healthy brood and any suspect cells that may be EFB or AFB. Contact the bee inspector if you are concerned.

  • Plan to unite weak colonies or to reduce the number of colonies overwintering in your apiary. Do this before your varroa treatments commence if possible. Remember to record your varroa treatment and keep records for 5 years to comply with regulations.

  • Reduce entrances to make robbing more difficult and don’t leave supers uncovered around in the apiary.

  • Put any cleaned supers taken off in the freezer for 48 hours to kill wax moth eggs, larvae and any lurking adults. Wax moths have been prolific this year.

  • Store supers with solid boards top and bottom to keep out wax moth and mice

  • Put out sweet bait in Hornet monitoring traps and continue to monitor.

  • Look out for wasps and put out traps or deterrents 


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  • Varroa a reportable pest
    22 July 2021
    The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order 2021, The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2021 and The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Amendment Order 2021 make Varroa a reportable pest effective 21st April 2021. To find out how you can report varroa please visit https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/BeeDiseases/report-varroa.cfm
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy
    01 July 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in South Kent & East Sussex area.
    If you are interested in applying for this job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs here
    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Sandra Gray (Regional Bee Inspector for South East) – 07775119430, Sandra.gray@apha.gov.uk.
  • Regional Bee Inspector (RBI) vacancies
    01 July 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has two Regional Bee Inspector (RBI) vacancies advertised in the Western and Central Regions.
    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs here
    If you have any questions regarding these positions, please contact Cristina Ruiz (National Bee Inspector) – 07976242798, Cristina.Ruiz@apha.gov.uk.