Other Pests and Diseases of the Honey Bees with Mark Dykes

July 12, 2021

Varroa mites have been well established to be a major cause of colony health issues and controlling them has become the main focus of most beekeepers. Due to this focus, we can sometimes lose sight of other maladies that can befall the colony. During this talk we will take a closer look at the other pests and diseases you may come across in your colony and what you can do to keep health and happy bees. After the discussion we will have a short question and answer session.

Mark Dykes is the extension and Bee Squad coordinator for the vanEngelsdorp Bee Lab. Previous to his position at the University of Maryland, Mark was the Chief Inspector for the Texas Apiary Inspection Service (TAIS). During his tenure at TAIS Mark helped to create the Texas Master Beekeeper Program and the Texas State Honey Bee Diagnostic Lab. Mark was also a supervisor with the Florida Department of Agriculture's Apiary Inspection Service and the apiary manager for Dr. Jamie Ellis' honey bee lab at the University of Florida. Mark has a degree in natural resource conservation from the University of Florida and is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.