Townsville varroa mite outbreak
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Townsville varroa mite outbreak

Varroa mites were recently detected in feral Asian honey bee nests in Townsville. The mites are a serious pest and a threat to the local honey bee industry.

Certain species and strains can infest European honey bees, killing off hives and severely affecting honey production and pollination services. Restrictions have been imposed on the movement of bee hives, bees, bee products (excluding honey), and used bee keeping equipment from the Townsville area to prevent any possible spread of the mite. If you see Asian honey bees or suspected your bees have been affected, phone Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or use the online reporting tool.

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588