Close up comb showing symptoms of European Foul Brood (EFB)

European Foul Brood (EFB)

How to spot European Foul Brood (EFB)?

Do you suspect that your bees may have European Foul Brood (EFB)? Do you know how to recognise the signs of foulbrood disease, and can you distinguish between EFB and American Foul Brood (AFB)? European Foul Brood is a serious and notifiable infection, which you must report to the National Bee Unit. Some areas of the BeeBase website that may help you spot key EFB symptoms include:

Register as a new beekeeper

As a beekeeper in England, Scotland or Wales, if you register on BeeBase you can:

  • Request a free apiary visit from your local bee inspector;
  • Be alerted to pest and disease problems in your area;
  • Have secure access to your own (and only your own) inspection history and apiary information, via the web;
  • Find out about beekeeping training events near you;
  • All these services are free of charge.

BeeBase - an information resource for beekeepers and the beekeeping industry

BeeBase is a sophisticated IT system that supports the bee health programmes of England, Scotland and Wales. It is important to be able to visit every apiary within an area of confirmed disease, so it is vital to have beekeepers' apiaries logged onto BeeBase, to make sure that no potentially infected and/or at risk colonies are being missed. BeeBase provides information on the activities of the NBU, legislation, honey bee pest and disease recognition and control, interactive maps, current research areas, and lots of helpful contacts. Many beekeepers find this an extremely useful resource.