Fortunately, bee diseases are not as widespread as the tracheal and varroa mites are, but beekeepers should be aware of the symptoms of the various diseases and pests and be prepared to act accordingly. The pests and diseases mentioned above, and other diseases such as nosema, chalkbrood, and stonebrood, are covered in most good bee books (see Further Resources: Books). Beekeepers need to remember that the USDA Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory provides free authoritative diagnosis of bee diseases and pests, as well as identification of Africanized honey bees [See instructions on how to ship bees to Beltsville in the Appendix].
Anyone interested in keeping bees for pollinating plants or for producing additional income from bee products should first investigate all available sources of information. County Cooperative Extension offices are a good source of information on beekeeping, as are entomologists and apiculturists at your local land-grant university. State apicultural inspectors, usually with the Department of Agriculture, are another good source of information. These sources should be able to provide contact information to local beekeepers.
Hobbyists are often very willing to discuss their management techniques, problems, and solutions. These contacts will indicate successful techniques that have been used in a specific climatic or geographic area.
It would also be a good idea to visit several different websites and study the on-line publications (see Further Resources: Websites) on beginning beekeeping to learn about bee morphology, strains, pests, and beekeeping equipment. Periodicals are an excellent method for keeping cur rent with all the new research and products available to assist beekeepers (see Further Resources: Periodicals).
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