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SHB - may have reached Switzerland ...

 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:39 am    Post subject: SHB - may have reached Switzerland ... Reply with quote

It looks almost certain that SHB has now reached Switzerland. Still to be officially confirmed, but the evidence looks very convincing.

For more info (in German) :
http://www.urnerwochenblatt.ch/aktuelle_ausgabe/nachrichten_details.asp?id=11887#.VRvQp3mKDmI

For mono-lingual beekeepers (like myself), Google 'Translate' is your friend ...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this, this report states that the final laboratory results are still awaited. All bees in the hive were found dead, SHB highly likely to have caused this and probably came from Italy. This area in Switzerland has now been put under quarantine and all bee keepers warned to be vigilant.
Another reason for banning bee imports to the UK.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These were no Small Hive Beetle - the state laboratory annuls the alert.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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These were no Small Hive Beetle - the state laboratory annuls the alert.


I've heard one importer (who's claiming lost sales as a result of this) complaining that the alert was an over-reaction and that "it should have been obvious that it wasn't SHB" etc ...

I suppose that's to be expected from someone with a vested interest - but the consequences of SHB spreading is so serious - I'd much rather see a degree of over-caution than bureaucratic complacency any day ...

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