Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Apiary Inspection plays a vital role in Florida agriculture as inspectors work to prevent the introduction and establishment of honey bee pests and diseases. A healthy and secure Florida honey bee industry is valuable to all.
Florida's honey industry is consistently ranked among the top five in the nation with an annual worth of $27 million. In addition, the Florida honey bee industry benefits our state's fruit and vegetable industry by providing an estimated $65 million in increased production numbers created by managed pollination services that are available in no other way. There are over 100 varieties of popular fruits and vegetables that use pollination to ensure fruitful crops.
Florida apiary inspectors certify movement of honey bee colonies throughout the state and the nation. These colonies are monitored for diseases, honey bee pests and unwanted bee species. The department has the most comprehensive state program (e.g., number of inspectors and traps) to prevent the accidental introduction of the unwanted Africanized honey bee.
Seventeen million pounds of honey are produced in Florida each year and enjoyed around the world.
Honey bees, otherwise known as the Angels of Agriculture, are the strongest link in the chain between food producers and consumers.
- Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) - prescription for honey bee antibiotics
- Zika Vector Control, a Guide for Florida Beekeepers [ ]
General Information and Best Management Practices
- Apiary Inspector Directory
- Best Management Requirements for Maintaining European Honey Bee Colonies on Non-Agricultural Lands [ ]
- Beekeeper Registration Information
- Florida Bee Protection
- Florida Bee Removal or Eradication
- Florida Apiary/Citrus Mapping Service
- Varroa Guide 6th Edition [ ]
- What's the Buzz on Bees? - Honey Bee Education Program [ ]
- The Honey Bee Colony Presentation [ ]s
- What Is NOT a Honey Bee
- Products of the Hive
- BMPs for Producing Honey Bee Queens [ ]
- BMPs for Maintaining European Honey Bee Colonies [ ]
- Minimizing Honey Bee Exposure to Pesticides - UF publication
Diseases, Pests, and Unwanted Species
- The Africanized Honey Bee
- Africanized Honey Bee (NAPIS)
- Colony Collapse Disorder
- Small Hive Beetle
- USDA ARS Disease and Pest Information
- Varroa Mite (NAPIS)
- The Busy Honey Bee Song with Coloring Sheet [ ]
- Apiary Inspection Brochure [ ]
- Cottage Food Brochure [ ] (from Division of Food Safety)
- Florida Melitto Files: UF Bee Lab Blog