Varroa Response Update
Two new infested premises have been confirmed bringing the total number of IP’s to 114. The new cases are at properties located in Tea Gardens and Cessnock. The Tea Gardens IP is as a result of continued PURPLE Zone surveillance and is not an unexpected detection given the high level of surveillance work being carried out throughout the PURPLE Zones. The Cessnock IP was a self reported and identification confirmed through the laboratory, as it is within existing eradication zone there will be a slight increase to the RED zone west to include Cessnock.
The data collected through hive movement declarations and mandatory alcohol washes is vital to maintaining confidence in the containment of this devastating pest. Achieving the goal of eradication is a shared responsibility between NSW DPI, industry and the community.
Wild European Honeybee Management
Removing honey bee hosts from the red zones is one of the key aspects to the success of Varroa eradication. Volunteering to host a station greatly assists the Varroa emergency response as well as your community and Australia’s beekeepers. If landowners are able to host a station, please contact DPI on 1800 084 881 to provide your details. WEHBM Program team are looking for prospects in all zones and would encourage landowners in the Wards River and Bulahdelah areas to get in contact with DPI for station deployment aimed for early March. If you are able to host a station please contact the DPI.