straight from the HDOA Apiary Program team:
Aloha HI Beekeepers!
The Kaua‘i Beekeepers Association (KBEE) is hosting Danielle Downey, HDOA’s Apiary Specialist, for a public talk about pest and disease management for Kaua‘i beekeepers on July 09, 2012. This event will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Kaua‘i Community College, ETRO Multipurpose Rm 114. Ms. Downey will be talking about pest and disease management in beekeeping, a timely topic given the discovery of small hive beetle (SHB) on Kaua‘i in May and the recent detection of American foulbrood disease in other areas of the state.
If you have questions about the talk, please contact Jimmy Trujillo of KBEE at 808-346-7725. Contact information for the Hawai‘i Apiary Program can be found on our website, www.hawaiibee.com, or by calling 808-352-3010 (Big Island) or 808-339-1977 (O‘ahu).
SHB update for Kaua`i: We now have reliable reports of SHB from Po`ipu to Kilauea areas. Unfortunately, infected colonies were moved just before the beetle was initially detected. Although spread of this pest cannot be attributed only to this movement, it is a reminder that monitoring for pests on a regular basis is a good idea. Moving colonies with unknown health status can spread any number of pests and diseases, not just SHB. If you are the giver or receiver of any bees or equipment, it is prudent to thoroughly examine the material prior to movement – early detection is always best!
Just a reminder that varroa mite is so far only found on O`ahu and the Big Island – if you notice anything suspicious in your colonies or would like information on varroa monitoring tools and techniques, please contact us.
Hawai`i Department of Agriculture/
RCUH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit
1428 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814