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Varroa dedected in Australia
« on: Today at 02:36:24 am »
Please read this press release:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2022-06-24/varroa-mite-detected-at-newcastle-port/101180446

This is not an ideal time to inspect hives in many parts of Australia...BUT if at all possible I urge beekeepers to check hives, do an Alcohol Wash if you are anywhere near the location.

I have written to the Federal Minister for Ag and hope that if enough beekeepers write, swift action will follow.

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Re: Varroa dedected in Australia
« Reply #1 on: Today at 02:39:57 am »

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Re: Varroa dedected in Australia
« Reply #2 on: Today at 08:55:10 am »
Max that is big news, but not good news. I hope y'all have caught the situation in time. I have a question, does your country have wild bees, (feral hives), in the same area? If so, these could become 'uninhibited' breeding grounds for Varroa Destructor.

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Re: Varroa dedected in Australia
« Reply #3 on: Today at 10:46:40 am »
Oh man, hopefully you guys can somehow get it under control before it spreads.  What a shame. 
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Re: Varroa dedected in Australia
« Reply #4 on: Today at 08:27:24 pm »
Hi Ben,

Newcastle is quite a long way away from us here and I'm not up with the local situation.

I would assume that there would be wild nests of honey bees in the forested areas near the port - say withing 5 km.

SHB have knocked the wild population here and I would expect a similar situation there.

The information is still poor. I understand that the swarm was found at the port but ...maybe on an arriving ship? I will keep you posted.

I have sent out e-mails to many beekeeping friends but mostly elderly they often don't use e-mails as a means of communication.
I'm partially deaf and hardly use the phone.

I will visit a good beekeeping friend who has connections with the beekeeping organisations.

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Re: Varroa dedected in Australia
« Reply #5 on: Today at 08:31:10 pm »
Thhis has just come in:

https://honeybee.org.au/varroa-mite-detected-at-the-port-of-newcastle/

It looks like the authorities are taking it seriously....and have success!