October 5, 2017


Honey Bees are now considered "livestock" like poultry, pigs, and cattle. New FDA regulations on antibiotic use in all food producing animals is now under the supervision of veterinarians. Antibiotic resistance is a public health concern and these new regulations are i...

 Although  American Foulbrood (AFB) is not as common as EFB, it is the most serious and destructive brood disease of honey bees.  It is caused by the spore-forming, gram + bacterium,  Paenibacillus larvae, specific to honey bees. It is highly contagious...

This is an important bacterial disease caused by Melissococcus plutonius, a non-spore forming,  gram + cocci.  M. plutonius (named after the Roman god, Pluto)  attacks young larvae in open cells, before they are capped. The young larvae twist in their cells a...

It's really about the vector. Varroa mites are parasites but just like ticks they carry pathogens. Varroa mites feed on the fat and hemolymph but they also inject viral particles into the developing bee. Deformed Wing Virus, DWV, is lethal to a mite infested colony. So...

If your honeybees need medication at all, it's fairly easy to know if your veterinarian can write a prescription or issue a Veterinary Feed Directive. If it is a medication that is put in water, like soluble Tylan, it will require a prescription only. If your bees requ...

As a Veterinarian I always recommend my clients treat their animals for parasites and parasitic diseases. Our dogs, cats, horses, and food producing animals all get external and internal harmful parasites and parasitic diseases. Fleas, ticks and worms carry a multitude...

Integrated Pest Management is vital to healthy hives. Michigan State University Extension is an excellent resource for beekeepers concerned about Varroa Mites. Click the link below to get the facts from Dr. Meghan Milbraith.

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