One of the biggest responsibility as a beekeeper is to ensure that your bee are healthy. Bees are obviously highly mobile creatures and disease can be spread from one colony to another. This can be to colonies within your garden or even colonies miles away. Therefore it's not just a responsibility to your own bees but to other beekeepers as well.
You should check the health of your colony each time you visit. Often there are treatments for most common diseases - however if the illness is serious - your bees might require a visit from the local bee inspector. This section covers all the basic health problems you might encounter.
What does a healthy colony look like?
To spot disease in your colony it is important to learn what a health colony looks like.