Honey Bee Diseases and Pests Course

The course will be offered in 2025! 

Please stay tuned for further details and updates


Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Venue: TBD

Price: TBD

Coffee, and snacks provided (lunch not included)



This course will be IN-PERSON. There will be both a classroom and hands-on field components. You will be required to bring your own bee suit, veil, and steel toe boots.

Do you want to be a better beekeeper? Then this intermediate beekeeping course is for you! The Alberta Tech Transfer Program Lead, Dr. Renata Labuschagne, will teach about the main honey bee pests and diseases found in Alberta. Participating beekeepers will learn how to recognize a healthy and unhealthy colony, identify different honey bee pests and diseases, and collect samples for laboratory analysis. We will also explain how to continuously monitor your colonies for pests and diseases, and the treatment options available.

Each participant will receive a copy of the Honey Bee Diseases & Pests from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) and a Hive-side Guide for the Identification of Honey Bee Pests and Diseases.



Topics to be covered include:

  • Honey bee biology and behaviour
  • American Foulbrood
  • European Foulbrood
  • Varroa mites
  • Chalkbrood
  • Small hive beetle
  • Bee Louse (Braula coeca)
  • Nosema
  • Honey bee viruses
  • Wax Moth
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Biosecurity


Questions? Please email ttp@albertabeekeepers.ca