Small hive beetle confirmed in Italy

News from Bee Base (the National Bee Unit website):

September 2014 – Small hive beetle confirmed in ItalySHB adult

On September 11 2014, the Italian National Reference Centre for beekeeping confirmed the first detection of the presence of Small hive beetle (SHB) in South West Italy, in the port city of Gioia Tauro. The samples were taken from a bait trap (similar to the Sentinel Apiaries in the UK) belonging to the University of Gioia Tauro.

Since its discovery, urgent measures are underway to measure the extent of the outbreak, complete tracings (sales and movements of bees from the area) and eradicate and control its spread in line with EU legislation and safeguards. Measures include the destruction of all colonies where the beetle is found and treatment of soil surrounding the land.

Since 2011, there has been a substantial level of imports of package bees and queens from Italy into the UK. The NBU is arranging for further inspection of colonies belonging to these beekeepers, but in the meantime beekeepers are reminded to remain vigilant when checking their colonies and to report any suspicious sightings.

For more information about this exotic pest and the things beekeepers should do are illustrated in the NBU advisory leaflet ‘The Small hive beetle’.

We will update this information as and when we hear more.

In the meantime please see the Q&A below for more information.

SHB Q&A September 2014

Bee Craft past articles:

Contingency Planning for the Small Hive Beetle

Bee Craft, June 2012

Safeguarding against small hive beetle

Bee Craft, January 2005


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