Protecting our Resources

Pesticides are Creating Pollination Problems and Killing Bees

By Doctor Mercola

Neonicotinoid pesticides, which are widely used in intensive agricultural operations, have been implicated in the decline of bees, particularly in commercially bred species like honeybees and bumblebees.

Smokers on Fire Ban Days

When a total fire, harvest or vehicle movement ban is declared, beekeepers must not:

  • light smokers

  • operate vehicles off road

More information about fire bans can be found on the DFES website.


For current harvest and vehicle movement bans, check with your local government.

Bee Pests & Diseases

  • Acarine (tracheal) mites

  • American foulbrood

  • European foulbrood

  • Sacbrood

  • Small hive beetle
  • Tropilaelaps

  • Nosema disease

  • Varroa mites

  • Wax moths

It is your responsibility as a beekeeper to report any of the above to the Department of Agriculture 

Download the Pest & Diseases report here:  

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