Posted 18 October 04
Small Hive Beetle
Package bees have been imported from Texas into a number of EU member states (even though this is illegal). The outcome is that SHB has now been confirmed in Portugal and is now suspected to be in a number of countries on mainland Europe.
Two suspect larvae found in the queen cages were confirmed in the laboratory as being small hive beetle
The infested colonies have been destroyed and the ground under them and around has been drenched with a very strong insecticide.
The worry must be that it could already be out of control and it is only a matter of time before it reaches the UK.
For more information checkout the latest at the National Bee Unit website