Bart Smith at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland is in charge of diagnostic services for bee diseases. Attached are instructions for sending in samples. Of particular note is the information at the end.
Samples of Adult Honey Bees
Send at least 100 bees and if possible, select bees that are dying or that died recently. Decayed bees are not satisfactory for examination.
Samples of Brood
How to Address Samples
Please note: All incoming Mail is now being opened by a private contractor and examined before being forwarded to the lab. Also, there is a possibility that some of this mail will be irradiated. Therefore, time sensitive samples or samples requiring culturing (American Foul Brood Resistance Test) should be sent by UPS or FedX.
Prepared by Wm. Michael Hood, Extension Entomologist/Professor, Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, Clemson University.
Leadership in Environmental Entomology
Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, SC, 29634-0315, 864-656-3111
This information is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is implied. Brand names of pesticides are given as a convenience and are neither an endorsement nor guarantee of the product nor a suggestion that similar products are not effective. Use pesticides only according to the directions on the label. Follow all directions, precautions and restrictions that are listed. EIIS/AP-6 (New 01/2002).