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Trevs Bees - Burning a Honey Bee Hive that is infected with American Foul Brood (AFB) - YouTube


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Hi Trev. Sorry for your beehive. Nice video as per usual. If you could/wanted, would you save the box and the lid if you boiled it in paraffin wax for around 10mins as some other beekeepers do? How effective is this method? Do you know? Thanks

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Thank you Trev for the excellent video and the information about using Carbaryl powder instead of petrol. I'm dreading doing this when the time inevitably comes, but very good to know how to go about it.

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[USER=3781]@Nedeljko[/USER] Hi Ned. My DECA says that I must burn everything, so burn I do. I do not have a wax dipper, However, if I did then Wax dipping 10 min at 160deg C is the approved method. I would need to get my DECA modified. (It is pretty easy to get the DECA modified.)

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I'm sorry Trev, that was sad to watch. Great shot of the AFB roping

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[USER=605]@milkandhoney[/USER] Hi Milkandhoney. It is horrid to kill the bees with petrol. They make a noise like they are crying. It is not pleasant. However, I did kill these with Carbaryl (Not available now). Carbayrl was a permethrim based insecticide and I have found that any powdered insecticide will work, Derris Dust, or Wasp Killer. You need to sprinkle about 1 x desert spoon over each brood box and make sure you get the powder into all the seams. It takes about 5 min to kill all the bees and there is no noise or bees trying to flee the hive.

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[USER=2461]@beefree[/USER] Thanks. Never a pleasant job. Yes I was very pleased with the way the roping came out in the video.

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Sorry for your loss mate! Thank you for showing us all exactly what should be done when AFB is discovered! I hope that is the last you see in that apiary or any of your others!

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It is not the first and won't be the last. This is part of beekeeping. Hiding it, is the worst part.

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[USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER] do you have a lot of AFB in your area ?

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[USER=4312]@GM hives[/USER] No. Pretty much the same as every region. Lot's of hives around and the bees can rob out infected hives and then bring it back home.. That's why we all must be vigilant.

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Sorry about your bees. Surely very difficult to do a video like this. Thanks for all the info!

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Sad to see a hive with AFB your drum works well I've had to use one in the past, hope your other hive are clean in the same site. Well done on the video. It's often said AFB is a beekeepers disease but no true beekeeper would try and cover up AFB or take honey of a diseased hive . May karma grant you many more hives and lots more honey .

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Thanks Trev that was a very effective method you have used to incinerate the AFB hive. I am sort of resigned to the fact that I am going to have deal with AFB at some point. Do you think the hive was particularly strong and could have robbed out another infected hive or just one of those incidents without rhyme or reason?? Have you changed your inspection regime for the apiary the hive has come from??

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Hi Beau. It was a very strong 2 box hive. Fully packed with honey and bees. It was an early season caught swarm and could have come with AFB (Not likely) or robbed another hive. Apiary is now in quarantine for 2 years. Yes inspections will increase until I can decide the site is safe.

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I watched your video today and I wondered how your swarm got AFB given you would have followed best practise and not fed. I gather swarms are so effective at building a new hive that they may well be more likely to rob out because of this. Thanks for a great video

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[USER=927]@M4tt[/USER] I think it is a numbers game. I catch a lot of swarms and last year 3 of them came down with AFB withing 6 weeks of being caught. 2 were in 1 apiary and 1 in another, The odds are against other areas of infection. I have since monitored all the other hives in those apiaries and no further AFB. Of course I maybe wrong, however, I will never know.

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