Journal of Apicultural Science

Acariosis of bees in Poland after 1975

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 46, Issue 1, Pages 5-15, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
The mite Acarapis woodi (Rennie) was often detected in bees originating from the former provinces of Jelenia Góra, Bielsko-Biała and Zamooeæ. Acariosis of bees was diagnosed from February to May, and usually the disease was recognised in April. In many apiaries acariosis of bees was reported in 1978, and the year 1977 was exceptionally unfavourable for beekeepers in Poland in respect of honey production. After 1988 acariosis of bees was not included in monthly reports on notifiable animal diseases in Poland. In line with the tradition dating back to a ruling issued in 1946 it is suggested that bee imports from countries which are not members of the World Trade Organisation should be restricted to apiaries situated in the centre of a 5 km zone in which bees have shown no sign of acariosis for at least 12 months. A part of Poland’s territory should be considered free of acariosis of bees.
Acarapis woodi, Poland, acariosis, honey bee, occurrence, control
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