Honey bees and beekeeping

Protect your hives

Alert

American foulbrood (AFB) disease has been found in the Northern Territory.

If you suspect your hives are infected, you must call Biosecurity on 1800 084 881 or email quarantine@nt.gov.au.

Read more about AFB.

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 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 the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

For more information about how to keep your apiary operation disease-free get the NT beekeepers biosecurity manual PDF (2.4 MB).

For more information about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops go to the Bee Aware website.

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Last updated: 29 September 2020

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