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Possible EFB

 
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00buzzbee
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 5:40 am    Post subject: Possible EFB Reply with quote

I have noticed that one of my hives has been very slow to build up so far this year and when I've inspected the bees I have noticed some disrupted brood patterns and there have been a few cells uncapped with what looks like dried larvae inside. To begin with I thought it was probably where I treated the bees with icing sugar earlier in the year for varroa and maybe some of the brood had chilled but the problem is persisting and after reading up on diseases I'm inclined to think it could be EFB. The NBU website advises me to inform a bee inspector but they came once before and pulled my hives apart rather brutally before deciding I had no issues with my bees so I'm a bit reluctant to call them in again. I have also read that EFB can be controlled by the shook swarm method which I'm considering so I would like any further advice before I carry out any remedial action please.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just read through some more literature and studied the photos about bee diseases on the NBU website and on further reflection I'm more likely to have Sac Brood rather than EFB. Still pretty serious but it might need a different remedial action than EFB.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been confirmed! My bees have Sac Brood. Has anyone else's bees on this forum had Sac Brood and what did you do to treat the bees? Sad Sad
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