News from the Apiary Inspectors, February 2020

Cybil Preston, State Apiary Inspector, MDA Phone 410-841-5920, Fax 841-5835, Cell 410-562-3464 2019 Statistics: Maryland has 2,161 beekeepers registered, in 2,716 apiaries and 15,923 registered honey bee colonies. Mack and Tukka have inspected and certified 2000 colonies so far this winter! Read More …

Inspector’s Report

What a crazy weather year! I was hearing about swarms all the way into September…WEIRD!!!!

Unfortunately I am again seeing a large number of “Fall Crash or “Fall Dwindle.” Without opening the beehive you’d think it is a fairly strong because robbing bees can make the hive look industrious. Some symptoms are more than a handful of dead bees in front of the hive with normal activity inside: upon inspection no bees at all meaning no brood no nothing. Some of these hives were treated for mites some were not. My diagnosis is that this is mite/viral load-related. Read More …