Deadly Threat to Local Beehives

From the Cape Farm Alliance:

Two weeks ago a Swarm Removal Team (from the Maine Beekeepers Assoc.) found what appears to be a lethal virus to honeybees, American Foulbrood, in wax comb in the eaves of a house on Sawyer St. in South Portland. The bees had died over the winter but the stored honey was being stolen by bees from nearby hives. American Foulbrood is a deadly viral disease spread by spores that attach themselves to the bodies of bees visiting an infected hive. It is highly contagious and hives that are found to have AFB must be immediately destroyed. If you have a beehive, it must be registered with the state so that State Bee Inspector Tony Jadczak knows where the hive is. Follow this link to register your hive. If you are a beekeeper in Cape or South Portland and would like more information, please email Louise Sullivan.

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