Welcome to NY Bee Wellness, your source for maintaining healthy honey bee colonies

an educational nonprofit program to teach beekeepers honey bee disease recognition & to promote honey bee health

Summer 2017 Newsletter NY Bee Wellness, Survey Results


July 7-9 NY Bee Wellness Workshop!
Spring 2017 Survey RESULTS!
National Pollinator Week
Virus/swarm/varroa Mapping website
Fight the Mite
Beltsville Lab
NY Bee wellness videos
U of Guelph Videos


July 7-9 : NY Bee Wellness Workshop- Honey bee Disease & Management, Morrisville NY – Don’t miss it!
3 options to attend:
1) Friday, July 7, 7-9pm session, Medhat Nasr, PhD presentation: “What is killing our bees: looking north of the 49, Lessons Learned” ; open to all levels, General Admission, 20.00

2) Saturday, July 8, 9-5pm, Lecture and Demo, open to all levels, General Admission, 50.00

3) Special 2 day Session- Both Sunday and Saturday, July 9 is the hands-on field and lab session, 9-5pm Workshop, enrollment limited to 24 participants; participants for the Sunday session must be experienced beekeepers & meet requirements and also attend the Saturday session,150.00, add Friday evening (20.00 extra) for the full 3 day event!

Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ny-bee-wellness-workshop-honeybee-disease-management-tickets-33005508364
OR register through SQUARE https://squareup.com/store/ny-bee-wellness-inc
OR Mail-in Registration

This award winning program concentrates on the skills needed to address honey bee disease and management. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the top researchers and educators in the beekeeping world!

Questions?, contact Pat Bono: workshop@nybeewellness.org


National Pollinator Week starts June 19!
Bee Culture (The Kim and Jim Show) will host a series of webinars focused on recent honey bee research initiatives aimed at making an immediate contribution to improving colony health. The webinars will take place from 12-1 pm EST on June 19, 21, and 23rd. Webinar topics include Deformed Wing Virus transmission and strain dynamics (Stephen Martin; June 19th), The keys to colony success (Julie Shapiro (HBHC) and Mike Smith (CTIC); June 21st), and the utilization of smart hives for improving colony health(Joseph Cazier, Ed Hassler, and James Wilkes; June 23rd). The link for registration and more information about each of the webinars can be found HERE.

Young bee with Deformed Wing Virus

Virus, Varroa, & Swarm Mapping
NY Bee Wellness

Varroa mites vector many viruses. Currently the presence and perhaps spread of various predominant honey bee viruses has not been sufficiently documented. NY Bee Wellness has partnered with BVS,Inc, a virus testing lab, to check for nosema and virus levels
Participants will send samples four times in 2017. Looking at the map, we can watch how different virus levels change through the year.
The nosema spore threshold is 5 million spores. Currently most samples are low to moderate, with 1 high sample at 10 million spores
ALSO, beekeepers can submit info on varroa levels and swarms, as the year progresses.
Video on checking for nosema ceranae.
For info on honey bee viruses see:

Fight the Mite!:
Treating swarms, splits, creating brood breaks.

1) Products should be used before brood is capped
2) HopGuard II: Strips may be applied at the rate of one strip per five deep combs covered with bees in each brood super; see instructions HERE (page4).
3) Oxalic Acid: 5ml of oxalic solution per seam of bees, per instructions
4) Mite counts should be done about 2 days after treatment to determine mite levels, and monitored monthly for varroa levels.
5) Retreat in the Summer if varroa counts are >2%, and in the Fall after honey supers are removed
6) Beekeepers are also encouraged to treat newly hived swarms before brood is capped, hives that have swarmed and are requeening and splits- once the capped brood have emerged, or any time a brood break is initiated.
7) How to check for mites , https://nybeewellness.org/diagnostics/mite-check/
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Beltsville Diagnostic lab temporarily closed.

“A joint collaboration between the Bee Informed Partnership, the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory and USDA-APHIS has been established in the short term to primarily provide for the diagnostics of honey bee brood for American foulbrood (and other brood) disease. We will also offer other pest and disease diagnostics for a nominal fee. Please see below for additional details including cost and shipping. As before, diagnostic reports will be transmitted to the individual submitting the samples and to the appropriate apiary inspectors.

Thank you for your patience and we are very happy to provide this service while we await full staffing of the USDA-ARS Disease Diagnostic Service.” LINK

Scaffolds Fruit Journal, June 2017

Crop Insurance Program (ELAP)
Info from Cornell Dyson School of Applied Economics; Apiary Fact Sheet
Agent locator

NY Bee Wellness videos

1) Tips on Working Bees Randy Oliver
2) Healthy Bees, Meghan Milbrath (MSU)
3) Nosema & Varroa Mites Randy Oliver
4) The Times They are a Changin’, Randy Oliver
5) Mite resistant queen stock , Meghan Milbrath (MSU)
Great How-to videos from the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre

to provide new and advanced beekeepers with demonstrations by our staff on a variety of topics ranging from how to open a hive to queen rearing.