New varroa mite find confirmed
11 September 2008
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has confirmed varroa bee mite in hives outside of the current South Island Controlled Area.
"Yesterday a hobbyist beekeeper in North Canterbury reported a suspected varroa infestation to MAFBNZ and this morning our laboratory has confirmed the presence of varroa mites,” said Richard Norman, Incursion Manager, MAFBNZ.
"Tracing of hive movements and associations with this operation may help us understand the extent of infestation in the North Canterbury region.”
MAFBNZ says it appreciates the assistance of beekeepers reporting suspected finds.
It is important that beekeepers in the South Island outside Nelson/Marlborough regularly test their own hives for varroa mites on bees or in brood. Beekeepers detecting varroa in their hives should report the find to MAFBNZ via the 0800 80 99 66 free phone number.
Varroa is a notifiable organism and movement controls on hives and beekeeping related equipment remain unchanged at this point.
More information is also available on the MAFBNZ website .
- Lisa Gibbison, Communications & Marketing Adviser, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand
Ph: 04 894 0432 / 029 894 0432