Apiary Hygiene and Arnia equipment

Honey bees, just like people, are susceptible to a host of infectious or disease-causing agents; well known bacterial diseases are American and European foulbrood (AFB and EFB) and Nosema to name but a few. Not only can the bees and beekeeping practices spread diseases, but some are transmitted by other pests. For example, Varroa mites act as vectors for viruses such as Deformed Wing Virus. Pest control and good apiary hygiene are essential for the prevention and limitation of disease spread.

Some of the Arnia equipment comes in direct contact with the bees, hence, as with all beekeeping equipment, moving it between hives and apiaries should be avoided if possible unless you are absolutely certain that the colonies are disease-free. If it is necessary to move equipment between hives and/or apiaries, the following advice should be observed;

  • equipment or parts that go in a hive, such as sensors, can be removed and easily replaced.  Please contact Support using ‘Support Tickets’ button below to arrange for new sensors.
  •  the outside of hive monitors, gateway, weather pack and scale plates should be cleaned with a soapy washing soda solution.

For general advice on good apiary hygiene, detailed advice can be found in the following links;

The National Bee Unit (NBU, part of APHA in the UK) has published a comprehensive publication with advice and guidance called Hive Cleaning and Sterilisation.

The BBKA (British Beekeeping Association) published Apiary Hygiene paper L012 which describes the cleaning, caring and treatment advise for beekeepers.

Further information

The BeeBase data base run by the NBU contains all the apicultural information related to the statutory bee health program in England and Wales. It is updated with the latest news and information.