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Pests and Diseases

Imagine having a bug the size of a dinner plate on your back, which bores a hole in your flesh. The bug then sucks out your blood and spits back blood and possible infections from someone else into the hole on your back. Nasty.

That's Varroa. You must be able to manage varroa in your bees, if you want to be a beekeeper.

Keeping bees is like keeping other animals. You are responsible for their well-being and must be aware of how to keep them healthy.

There are many diseases of honey bees.  Some of these are 'notifiable', like other livestock diseases.

DEFRA maintain a national system of inspection and advice for beekeepers, called the National Bee Unit.  Your local association will also be able to help. The two organisations work closely together.

You can find a lot more information about varroa and bee diseases in general from BeeBase