Honey bees and beekeeping

Protect your hives

If you are a beekeeper in the Northern Territory (NT) you must protect your apiary from pests and diseases by doing all of the following:

  • be familiar with rules about moving bees, equipment and products
  • be familiar with important honey bee pests and diseases
  • use clean equipment
  • practice good hygiene
  • use isolation techniques when introducing new bees
  • check hives regularly
  • report possible diseases immediately
  • abide by the laws protecting the industry.

You should inspect your hives regularly for signs of varroa mite and other exotic pests. If you suspect your bees have been affected, call Plant Biosecurity in your region.

For more information about how to keep your apiary operation disease-free, get the biosecurity manual for beekeepers on the BeeAware website. You can also find information on the site about the honey bee biosecurity code of practice, and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops.

You can also register for the Biosecurity for Beekeepers training on the Plant Health Australia website.

More information about beekeeping in Australia can be found on the AgriFutures website.

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Last updated: 12 November 2021

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