Fumidil® B – Details of Withdrawal

Those of you who were at the AGM to hear Frank Gellatly or who have read this month’s edition of Bee Craft will be aware that Fumidil® B, which was the only recognised treatment for nosema, is being withdrawn from the UK following a decision by the Veterinary Medicines Directive (VMD).  This brings the UK in line with the rest of Europe.

Manufacturers have until June 30th to sell stock and retailers can sell the product up to its expiry date.  This document (Word format) on the VMD/DEFRA website quotes a shelf life as packaged as 2 years.  So, in theory at least, this could be on sale until the end of 2013 – although it is very doubtful that suppliers will have stocks at that date.


Nosema testing April 9th 2011

Bees over-wintering are mostly confined to their hives and this crowding together with the extended life of workers provides conditions for the build up of nosema spores in the abdomen.  Find out more about Nosema on Beebase.

We are running a nosema testing workshop on Saturday, April 9th starting at 9.30 and closing at about 3.00 pm.  This will be held at the Picton Community Centre adjacent to the County Hall car park which is free on Saturdays.   If nosema is diagnosed, treatment is advised by dosing feed with Fumidil B.

For this workshop, members must bring a sample of bees from each hive, collected as described in these instructions.   If anyone has any innovative ways of collecting flying bees we would be glad to hear about them.

Nosema Workshop Result

On Saturday 4th September Frank Gellatly showed us how to detect nosema.  Five members attended this meeting with bee samples from their hives.  The results were very encouraging with only one member having bees which were identified as needing treatment in the winter feed.

If you want to find out more about the way spores appear under the microscope have a look at the short video posted on YouTube.

BeeVital HiveClean – Worth Considering?

I have used this varroa product on a hive myself and admit to overdosing the measure from a 500 ml bottle – the bees survived and I didn’t have a mite problem in the hive either!

It’s main active constituent is oxalic acid but in a measured dose with other ingredients which can be applied without damaging brood or contaminating honey.  The BeeVital website has some  interesting research documents supporting the case for the product.  I like the fact that 15 ml measured ‘sticks’ are available making application easy.

In my opinion this is worth a try.

This is personal post by the webmaster and is not an endorsement by Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association.