Small Hive Beetle Advisory for Beekeepers in the Niagara Region

Small Hive Beetle (SHB), a honey bee pest, has been confirmed in a single beeyard in Niagara Region, outside of the existing SHB quarantine area in southwestern Ontario. A small-scale beekeeper in Niagara Region has tested positive for the presence of SHB. These colonies do not move within or out of province for pollination services.

This finding has been reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Ontario Beekeepers' Association and to other provincial governments.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has conducted a risk assessment of this site to determine response options. OMAFRA Apiary Inspectors are monitoring for small hive beetle in Niagara through regular as well as additional targeted inspections.

OMAFRA's Apiary Program would like to encourage beekeepers to practise good biosecurity and follow the protocols to help prevent the movement of SHB from one location to another:

  • Check for the presence of SHB in your honey bee colonies on a regular basis;
  • Keep your vehicle windows and doors closed when visiting a beeyard;
  • Before leaving a beeyard and prior to entering a vehicle, conduct a thorough inspection of your bee suit and veil for insects; and
  • If visiting a beeyard with a higher risk of harbouring SHB, visit this site last during a day of beekeeping activity.

If you have further questions, please contact OMAFRA's Apiary Program.

Paul Kozak
Provincial Apiarist
Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Health and Welfare Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5th Floor NW
Guelph ON N1G 4Y2
Tel: 519 826-3595 or 1-888-466-2372 Ext. 63595
Fax: 519 826-4375
Email: paul.kozak@ontario.ca