Beekeeping

Varroa mites found in Townsville.

Following the detection of varroa mites on Asian honey bees in Townsville, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has established the National Varroa Mite Eradication Program.

Restrictions apply to the movement of live bees within the Townsville area. Please refer to the Prevention and Control Program (PDF, 3.7MB) and the map of the affected area (PDF, 366KB).

Report sightings of Asian honey bees or feral bee nests in Townsville to 13 25 23.

Honey bees produce honey and play a vital role in the balance of nature. Bees are especially important for pollinating agricultural and horticultural crops and the house garden.

Pollination is important for the viability of many pastoral enterprises, market gardens, orchards and seed industries. Honey production is estimated to add $129 million to the Australian agricultural and horticultural industries.