Provincial Health Advisories

2018 Bee Health Importation Protocol

Posted:Mon, Apr 11th, 2016 12:10:01 pm

The Bee Import Protocol is established annually under the Bee Industry Regulations made under Section 17 of the Bee Industry Act and sets out the conditions in which bees can be imported into Nova Scotia from outside Canada or from another Privince or Territory.

Please click here to view the 2018 NS Bee Health Importation Protocol [PDF]


Small Hive Beetle Risk Assessment

Posted:Mon, Feb 29th, 2016 11:36:04 am

Risk Assessment on the Movement of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Colonies into Nova Scotia and Introduction and Establishment of Small Hive Beetle
(Aethina tumida)
Prepared for Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Prepared by Andony Melathopoulos (University of Calgary)

Please click here to view the entire Risk Assessment [PDF]

Please click here to view the NSBA SHB Request [PDF]

Please click here to view the NSBA SHB Follow-up [PDF]

Please click here to view Ministerial Letter on SHB [PDF]


2014 OntarioTreatment Recommendations for Honey Bee Disease and Mite Control

Posted:Fri, Apr 10th, 2015 11:07:13 am

This document is intended as a guide for the management of pests and diseases of honey bee colonies in Ontario. It includes detailed recommendations for treatment, monitoring methods and information on the status of pests and diseases in Ontario.  For more information, please see the document below.

Treatment Recommendations for Honey Bee Disease and Mite Control [PDF]


Spring Colony Management

Posted:Fri, Apr 10th, 2015 11:02:41 am

When checking on colonies in the early spring, you may come accross a wide range of population levels, food stores, states of queens and varroa levels. This pamphlet can help you decide the best approach for what you might find in your bee yard in early spring. For more information, please read the document below.

Spring Colony Management Info Sheet [PDF]


Mite Control with Mite Away Quick Strips

Posted:Fri, May 24th, 2013 12:13:29 pm

With MAQS beekeepers can treat at the most beneficial times because the treatment can be applied with or without honey supers on the hives. Mite resistance to the A.I. (formic acid) is not expected to occur. Timely treatment can protect both key bee populations from varroa and tracheal mites: Summer bees for the honey crop; and the winter bees that will make up the overwinter cluster. 

For more information please see the MAQS Best Practices Fact Sheet [PDF]


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