Chapter 10 – Pests and Diseases

WASBA Beginning Beekeeping Certification

This chapter presents an overview of pests and diseases that are most common in our area of the country and provides some remediation and treatment options. This is meant as an introduction to problems that a beginning beekeeper may see in their first year of beekeeping and is not meant to be an in-depth review of all the issues that an experienced beekeeper may encounter. Having a mentor or participating in a local association is important to help you know what may be a real problem and what isn’t.

Please read chapter 10 as well as review the video or other material for this chapter. Please fill free to leave comments or ask questions. The test will be posted Saturday the June 27th.

Test Open on Saturday June 27th

12 Responses

  1. Jami Lund
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    Why wouldn’t everyone simply always do the maximum ideal treatment for Varroa mites and simply skip the testing?

    • Alan Woods
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      Because you really don’t want to use any type of treatment if you don’t have to.

  2. Floyd Mullen
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    test 10 question 1 and 13.can you please check them. Thank You.

  3. Heath McMillian
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    Please check answers. It can be frustrating answering a question by what the book says only to be told that it was wrong. Thank You.

  4. anna martin
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    How effective are mite away strips? Could that be the only method that I use, after testing? Instead of having to buy the vaporizer this year?

    • Alan Woods
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      Mite away strips are very effective. However you really want to switch up on the treatments you use. For example, I use MAQ in the Spring and Oxalic Acid in the Fall for two reasons. MAQs kills under the capped wax, but you could lose brood which is ok in the Spring. However, Oxalic acid does not kill beneath the wax which requires a steady treatment regiment but it’s easier to monitor the mite kill without killing brood which you need going into the winter.

  5. anna martin
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    Thank you. I saw a video on putting powder sugar on your bees so they clean themselves. Have you used that? Is that effect?

    • Alan Woods
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      I’ve never used that method but I know it works because that’s what happens when you do a sugar roll.

  6. Thela Benson
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    Hi Alan, can you please check my answer for treating American Foulbrood, #13 on my test. Please let me know the correct answer. Thank you

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