Bee Health

Threats to the Honeybee

Pests and Diseases
Beetles and mites.


Varroa is a serious pest of honeybee colonies having reached the UK in 1992

For more information see
Beebase Varroa webpage

Small Hive Beetle

An Invasive species not currently in the UK but regarded as a serious threat to beekeeping.

For more information see
BeeBase Small Hive Beetle webpage.


Currently, Tropilaelaps spp. is not present in the UK, but if introduced, could potentially cause major damage

For more information see
BeeBase Tropilaelaps webpage.


HSE FAQ on concerns about the use of pestides

Concern about the use of Pesticides

Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Northamptonshire Beekeepers Association supports and endorses the BBKA position on Neonicotinoid insecticides,

Foulbrood Diseases of Honeybees

There are 2 foulbrood diseases of honeybees both of which, if found, UK beekeepers are required by law to notify to the National Bee Unit (NBU)- a part of the Government Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) or their Regional Bee Inspector.

These are American Foul Brood and European Foul Brood

The NBU Guidance on these diseases can be found here.

Foulbrood Diseases of Honeybees –
Contact details for the Bee Inspectors can be found here

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