Pests & Diseases of Honey Bees

Honey Bee Diseases Pests and Parasites

There are a wide range of pests and diseases which affect honey bees in the UK, these pages aim to give an overview of the main ones. I’ll also be mentioning a couple which, so far, have not reached UK shores.

Of all the Parasites, the Varroa mite is probably the most recent to effect us, but also the most widely spread and most discussed amongst British beekeepers.

AFB or American Foulbrood is a serious disease and is notifiable by law in the UK

The Asian Hornet has still not reached the UK, although it’s more a matter of when they arrive than if they do.

Colony Collapse Disorder is still not understood very well, although there are numerous theories on it’s cause.

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