F.I.B.K.A. Policy on American Foul Brood


Inspect your colonies every spring and autumn specifically to check for brood disease. If in doubt seek expert advice.americanFoulbroodsm
Never transfer combs between colonies, or divide colonies, without first checking for signs of brood disease.
Never bring colonies, combs or beekeeping equipment into the apiary unless you are sure they come from a disease-free source.
Never buy old combs. Always sterilise second-hand hives by thoroughly scorching with a blowlamp before use.
Control robbing in the apiary. Never leave combs or honey exposed to robbing bees. Never feed honey from another source to your bees.
If a colony of bees dies out at any time, seal the hive to prevent the remaining stores being robbed out, pending examination of the brood combs for signs of disease.

If any colony appears not to be thriving and the reason is not already known, examine the brood for signs of disease.afbpeppersmBe suspicious of stray swarms, hive them on foundation rather than drawn comb. Do not feed for three days. Inspect them for disease once they have become established.

Regularly and systematically replace old brood combs in the apiary by melting them down or burning them and replacing them with frames fitted with foundation. CHANGE AT LEAST THREE BROOD FRAMES EACH YEAR

Any beekeeper who suspects the presence of either American (A.F.B.) or European Foul Brood (E.F.B.), in a colony of bees should send a sample for analysis to:

Bee Disease Diagnostic Service
Dr Mary F Coffey
Teagasc Oak Park Research Centre

If the presence of A.F.B. or E.F.B. is confirmed the beekeeper should close the hive entrance as soon as the bees have ceased flying and ensure that the hive is absolutely bee-proof.
Pour a half litre of petrol through the feed hole in the crown board to smother the bees. Ensure OMF is closed. All bees are dead in minutes. 


Thoroughly test all other hives in the apiary for Foul Brood.

Dig a hole in the ground and burn the contents of the hive: dead bees, frames, combs and honey. All wooden parts should be blow torched to coffee brown with particular emphasis on all crevices.
A.F.B. and E.F.B. can survive in a dormant state in unused equipment for many years.

A Print Version (Word) of this Guideline is available here




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Notice to all FIBKA Members

Insurance is in place for all FIBKA members as normal until 31 December 2017.

All FIBKA members have to renew their membership from 1st January 2018 as normal, in order to avail of FIBKA benefits including Insurance, An Beachaire, Gormanston, Education and all other membership benefits.

Membership benefits commence only when a members details are returned to the FIBKA Membership Secretary, by their Association Secretary/Treasurer.

We have been made aware that some Associations are not renewing their affiliation to FIBKA consequently all benefits for the members of those Associations end on the 31st December 2017, and Members in these Associations who wish to continue with FIBKA please contact the FIBKA Membership Secretary Joanna McGlaughlin at membershipsecretary@irishbeekeeping.ie for details of Associations near to you that are affiliated to FIBKA."

Executive Council meeting 16th December

An Executive Council meeting was held in Tullamore on Saturday the 16th of December to discuss among other items the current situation in FIBKA.

Here is a short description of what happened at that meeting

What does FIBKA offer its members?

Here is a comprehensive list of what FIBKA offers its members

Letter from FIBKA Executive to all Member Associations

The letter can be read here in its entirety by clicking here. There will also be a downloadable PDF file that you can share with other members of your Association

Looking for honey labels and FIBKA lids?

For anyone looking to get the FIBKA jar lids or tamper proof labels for your honey, we have put together the following guidelines in how to apply for them. The document can be downloaded here

Hedge cutting

If you wish to report hedge cutting out of season
Contact the people below
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2
For General Queries:
Tel: +353-1-888 3242
LoCall 1890 383 000 (within Republic of Ireland only - rates charged for the use of 1890 numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353-1-888 3272
E-mail: nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Web: www.npws.ie

Disease Sampling Form

Teagasc offers a Honeybee disease diagnostic service to beekeepers, more information available here