Honey Bee Biosecurity

Honey bee biosecurity involves a set of measures meticulously crafted to shield a beekeeper’s honey bees from the entry and spread of pests. This comprehensive framework is specifically designed to prevent the infiltration and propagation of detrimental pests.

Biosecurity Basics
Six easy ways to protect honeybees
  1. Be aware of biosecurity threats in your location.
  2. Use pest-free honey bee stock and apiary equipment.
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Check your apiary regularly.
  5. Abide by the law.
  6. Report anything unusual to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

Within the honey bee industry, every participant plays a crucial role. Whether they are a seasoned commercial beekeeper, a dedicated backyard enthusiast, or an individual embarking on their beekeeping journey with initial hives, each member is entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding honey bees. This collective effort contributes significantly to the overall health and resilience of bee populations.

Moreover, considering the diverse backgrounds and experience levels, every beekeeper—be they a commercial or backyard enthusiast, and even those just starting with their first hives—is regarded as a member of the honey bee industry. Each member holds a vital role in protecting honey bees from both established and exotic pests, ensuring the sustainability of beekeeping practices.

Therefore, the collaboration of every participant, regardless of their expertise, is indispensable for the success of honey bee biosecurity. Their combined efforts contribute not only to individual hive well-being but also to the overall health and sustainability of honey bee populations in the broader context.

Biosecurity Code of Practice

The Code has been developed in consultation with beekeepers and governments to provide a framework for Australian beekeepers to use best-practice biosecurity measures.

Read more about Pests and Diseases on our page or learn more by following the links to the Identification of Honey Bee Diseases and Honey Bee Brood Diseases videos.

If you are serious about beekeeping it would be beneficial to further familiarise yourself with The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice. I have provided some useful links below.

Would like to read more about the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity?

Here are some useful Australian downloads for free documents that go in-depth about Biosecurity for Beekeepers. These documents are available at beeaware.org.au but you can also download them below.

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