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Disease Testing

Testing for disease in bees is now free in Ireland. For more information about how to get samples tested, check out the Disease Diagnostics page.

Varroa Calculator

The tool linked here, will help you calculate your Varroa Load after a mite count.
Link to tool here.

Suspected Bee Poisoning

If poisoning is suspected email beekeeping@agriculture.gov.ie.
This account is monitored by a number of people and someone will reply to you with the sample size needed to confirm suspected poisoning.

In the interim, try and put a minimum of 15 gm bees up to a full honey jar amount into the freezer. The sampling is free at the moment and DAFM will screen for the common chemicals. It is not always possible to identify the source of the poisoning due to the fact that bees have a large foraging range.