Bee Health – Protection

This section deals with hive health, pollinator protection, bee overwinter insurance and wildlife protection.


Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a growing concern for beekeepers in Manitoba and some beekeepers have contracted the serious disease. The Blacklegged Tick is a carrier and producers need to watch for this tiny tick from early spring to late fall. Information on Lyme disease and the risks in Manitoba can be found on the website of Manitoba Health: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/lyme/ The site includes access to a “Lyme Disease Manitoba Health Brochure”, and “Lyme Disease Environmental Health Fact Sheet”. Also, CBC’s “The Nature of Things with David Suzuki” had an episode on Lyme disease which can be found online (originally aired Oct. 10, 2013). “Ticked Off: […]


Liability Insurance for Beekeepers

INDIVIDUAL BEEKEEPER LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR GROUPS Larger Beekeeping Operations: Often Large Commercial Beekeeping Operations have an overall Farm Insurance policy to cover all elements of their business, while some beekeepers may be able to add an endorsement to their Home Insurance policies to cover beekeeping only on their own property. For those desiring coverage for bees on their property or when moved to someone else’s property, this could help you. Hobby Beekeepers: For those classified as Hoby Beekeepers, having a few hives of bees in their back yard, and neighbouring houses close by, this could be the protection needed. This […]


Voluntary Pesticide Incident Reporting to PMRA

The Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has a website resource for reporting pesticide incidents. The website can be found as follows: (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/part/protect-proteger/incident/index-eng.php) It includes the following items: -What is a pesticide incident? -Why report a pesticide incident? -What happens to the information provided? -What is the difference between voluntary and mandatory reporting? -How to report a pesticide incident -Other resources For example, a pesticide incident may include any unintended or unexpected effect of a pesticide on honey bees.


Overwinter Bee Mortality Insurance

  Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) INSURANCE: OVERWINTER BEE MORTALITY INSURANCE PROGRAM (NEW FOR 2011 !) Purpose • This  program insures a producer’s bees against non-manageable abnormal wintering losses, including weather-related losses, diseases and pests where there are no adequate means of control. Eligibility • A producer who resides and operates an apiary in Manitoba and is registered as a beekeeper under The Bee Act (Manitoba) is eligible for this program. • Eligible producers must operate a minimum of 50 colonies. • Strong colonies (placed in either indoor or outdoor storage) and nuclear colonies placed in indoor storage are eligible for […]


Hawaiian Queen Importation Notice

 This is to inform you that there have been recent instances of small hive beetles (SHB) found in shipments of honey bee queens originating from Hawaii.  On April 7, 2011 one live SHB adult was found associated with packaging material associated with queens in Manitoba and SHB early larval instars of SHB were found in queens received in Alberta and Manitoba.  Provincial Apiarists will be working closely with the CFIA and importers to ensure that Hawaiian queens are examined for SHB.  Although there are protocols in place to mitigate the risks of introducing and spreading the SHB from Hawaii, […]


Seeking Input on Bee Biosecurity in Canada

OTTAWA, November 4, 2010: The Government of Canada and the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) are seeking input from the bee industry on a new voluntary national biosecurity standard that will help bee keepers minimize the risk of pests and diseases in their colonies. “Bees are a major contributor to the health and vitality of agriculture,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This Government is pleased to support the creation of standards that will contribute to the stability of such an important industry in the agricultural community.” Bumble bee, leafcutter and honey bee keepers will be contacted at random and asked what […]


Queen Bees from Hawaii (2) BMP

The following article is provided courtesy of David Barnes, Kona Queen Hawaii, and is provided for your information about the 2010 situation involving their business. KONA QUEEN HAWAII, INC.   Best Management Practices for Small Hive Beetle   In April 2010 South African Small Hive Beetles, Aethina tumida Murry, (SHB) were found in Hilo, Hawaii; the East coast of Hawaii.   Kona Queen Hawaii’s response was to begin a progressive approach to the management and control of the SHB before they become fully established on the island of Hawaii. Our first approach was to employ, on a full time basis, […]


Queen Bees from Hawaii (letter)

The Following is the text of an open letter written by Gus Rouse, Kona Queen, Hawaii to Beekeepers across Canada, and is presented here for your information regarding the current situation in and around their operation. …..LETTER TEXT ONLY…..  October 15, 2010  Dear Customers and Friends in Canada:  As you are probably aware, the Small Hive Beetle (SHB) reached the East coast of our Island this past April.  Kona Queen is located on the West coast.  Our State agriculture authorities conducted a thorough inspection here at Kona Queen at the end of June and did not find evidence of SHB in […]


Bulletin

  Swarm Reporting To report a swarm of honey bees, please contact Rheal Lafreniere (204) 945-4825 or David Ostermann (204) 945-3861. Please leave contact phone number(s) as well as directions to the location of the swarm. Length of time the swarm has been in that location is also important information to provide. Posted by Rheal, Thursday, June 10, 2010     Food Safety Funding for Manitoba Beekeepers Growing Forward Food Safety Program, For Farms was launched in 2010 and continues through 2011, and is a program for beekeepers. Given that the Canadian Beekeeping Industry’s Safety Quality and Traceability Program (CBISQT) is soon expected […]