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african honey beeThe Africanized Honey Bee In The United States
Honey bees are not native to North America. During the 1600's, European settlers coming to New England brought European honey bee colonies with them; hence the name European honey bees. Read the full fact sheet >>
The Africanized Honey Bee Q&A
This update is a list of frequently asked questions about the Africanized Honey Bee. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared this list of questions and answers to help educate the public on the Africanized Honey Bee. Read the full fact sheet >>

bumble beeBumble Bees As Pollinators
Bumble bees are large, attractive insects that are of interest to children, scientists, beekeepers, naturalists, conservationists, home gardeners, farmers and commercial bumble bee breeders.  Read the full fact sheet >>  

Cicada Killer WaspCicada Killer Wasp
In mid- to late summer people begin to encounter large wasps with distinctive bands of white and yellow on black bodies. The head and thorax are a rusty red and the wings are tinged with yellow. The body is about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inch long. The wing span approaches three inches. Their large size and habit of buzzing around a person terrifies many people. Read the full fact sheet >>

Honey Bee Colony Removal from StructuresHoney Bee Colony Removal from Structures
The honey bee, Apis mellifera, is our most beneficial insect. We must do all we can to protect bee colonies which are pollinators for many of our home and commercially grown fruits and vegetables. The annual contribution of honey bees to food production in the United States is estimated to be $10 billion. Honey bees are important as primary pollinators of almonds, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, cucumbers, forage crops, kiwi fruit, squash, and watermelons. Annual cash receipts of South Carolina commercially grown apples, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and watermelons are estimated at $25 million. Read the full fact sheet >>

Honey Bee Tracheal MiteHoney Bee Tracheal Mite
Tracheal mites, parasites of the honey bee, were first discovered in South Carolina in the Mid-1980’s. The mite has since spread throughout all regions of our state, leaving behind thousands of dead bee colonies. The tracheal mite is suspected of playing a major role in causing excessive statewide colony losses in recent years with losses reaching 80%. Read the full fact sheet >>

 

Handbook of Small Hive Beetle IPM - This booklet provides the beekeeper fundamental and important information about the management of small hive beetles. Topics covered include small hive beetle biology, economic importance, control recommendations, and current tools that are available for beetle control.

Instructions for Sending Honey Bee Disease Samples
Instructions For Sending Honey Bee Disease Samples To Beltsville Lab. Read the full fact sheet >>

Paper WaspsPaper Wasps
Like many other social wasps, paper wasps feed on many insect pests of gardens. Unfortunately, paper wasps will also feed on fruits, damaging their appearance and will scrape wood from houses to make their nests. Though they are not aggressive, paper wasps can sting, making them a concern to many people when these wasps build their nests in or around homes. Read the full fact sheet >>

Small Hive BeetleSmall Hive Beetle
The small hive beetle has been confirmed in 16 South Carolina counties...The discovery of the beetle over such a large area indicates the beetle has been present in our state for several years. The initial point of entry of this pest into our state is unknown, ... Read the full fact sheet>>

Submitting Insect Samples for IdentificationSubmitting Insect Samples for Identification
The identification of an insect or related pest is the first step in determining whether it should be controlled and in obtaining recommended control measures. Clemson University provides identification assistance when it is needed. A good specimen and supporting information are essential for pests to be correctly identified. County Extension offices furnish information on what is necessary for collecting, preserving, and shipping specimens and the supporting information that should be included. The county offices can submit samples for you. If you decide to submit samples on your own, there are several steps you should take. Read the full fact sheet >>

Varroa Mite Control in SCVarroa Mite Control in SC
The varroa mite, Varroa jacobsoni, is considered to be the most serious honey bee pest which now occurs almost worldwide. Many beekeeping operations in South Carolina have lost colonies to this parasite. Normally, unprotected honey bee colonies will die from the effects of varroa within one to two years. So, it is imperative that beekeepers become familiar with and apply the latest varroa mite control recommendations. Read the full fact sheet >>

Yellow JacketsYellow Jackets
Yellow jackets are beneficial around home gardens and commercially grown fruits and vegetables at certain times because they feed on caterpillars and harmful flies. When the populations peak in late summer and early fall, the yellow jackets' feeding habits become a problem. At this time of year, they have a healthy appetite for many of the same foods and drinks we eat. Yellow jacket stings can result in a life threatening situation if the person is allergic to the venom. Read the full fact sheet >>