That's what I was thinking of. I remember someone posting a link to an EFB advice page. I remember it saying with moderate infection, the use of antibiotics could be prescribed but only by the inspector, and he/ she would have to do the treating. There would be a restriction on the use of the honey after that, for 6mths if my memory serves ( which it rarely does )Both AFB and EFB are 'notifiable' diseases, in as much as they have to by law be reported to a Government Inspector.
The Government Inspector advises on how to deal with these diseases, and in the case of EFB that might involve the use of an antibiotic. But not with AFB. Colonies with AFB are destroyed.
A beekeeper treating his/her colonies with antibiotic and without the involvement of a Government Inspector in the UK might be in breach of the law.
Why? would anyone who knows anything about anything want to use antibiotics for anything not yet diagnosed????Hello I am a beginner in beekeeping. Should I use teramicin to prevent the problem before it appears by way of precaution or when the bees sicken ?
But will the antibiotic cause problems to the honey?
Many beekeepers use Fumidil B (antibiotic) routinely, regardless of whether any nosema diagnosis has been done.Why? would anyone who knows anything about anything want to use antibiotics for anything not yet diagnosed????
Even if it was legally possible in this country which with AFB it isnt.
Overuse of antibiotics has caused problems for years, resistence to the said antibiotics and gut issues amingst others.
Sorry to be blunt but I had to ask.
Well, there are different classes of antibiotic compond. Fumidil is an antibiotic salt. If you want to stretch the term 'antibiotic', so is thymol when added to syrup, and so is bleach for those people who add that to syrup.Many beekeepers use Fumidil B (antibiotic) routinely, regardless of whether any nosema diagnosis has been done.