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Monday, July 25, 2005

Inspection and Regestration

Yes, as of yet I'm not regestered with the Department of Apiary Services. Just today I made a few calls and the inspection for regestration is August 1st! Just in case you're wondering why I need to be regestered...

  • $30.00 reembercement if hives are destroyed by American Foulbrood
  • Unregestered hives can be destroyed by the state if owner isn't present
  • Helps me to meet other beekeepers
  • Informs me of any pesticide spraying in the area.

    These are just a few of the reasons to be regestered. My only concern is if they find American Foulbrood in my hive durring the inspection for the regestration. If that's the case then the hive would have to be incinerated with all the bees inside. To me, my bees are like your dog or cat. The thought of having to kill them is just incomprehesable.

    P.S. I will be making podcasts and will provide a link when I upload one.


    Blogger j00|{z said...

    What are American Foulbrood? They sound nasty.

    1:42 PM, July 26, 2005  
    Blogger The Beekeeper said...

    American Foulbrood is a disease that attacks the larvae of honey bees. The larvae rot in their cells and form a sticky scale that attaches perminently to the wall of the cell. It is commonly noticed because it smells like rotting flesh and the cells turn greasy and poriferated. The worst part is that the bacteria can form spores that can remain dormant for up to 80 years and then become infectious again. AFB is possibly the worst disease to affect honey bees. Sorry for the long answer but, I'm never very good at quickly summing things up.

    3:01 PM, July 26, 2005  
    Blogger j00|{z said...

    Eew, that would really really suck.

    2:19 PM, July 27, 2005  
    Blogger The Beekeeper said...

    And worst of all, there is no treatment to KILL it. Teramyacin-25 will stop it from progressing but the only way it can be killed is by fire.

    3:30 PM, July 27, 2005  

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