BVS, Inc David Wick 795 Porter Hill Rd Stevensville, MT 59870
How to take and send samples for testing: Procedure: Assign each hive you intend to sample a number. You will mark each sample with the number of the hive from which it is taken. Permanently mark each hive with its number. Quart-sized ZipLoc™ freezer bag or WhirlPac™ bags Frozen gel packs (Blue Ice™ or similar) Pen or Permanent marker and the BVS, Inc Sample Description Form (below) Sample collection steps: Mark each sample bag with the hive number, using a permanent marker. Use a black, permanent marker pen to label the sample bags, being sure to indicate type of bees (brood nest, honey super, forager). Shake at least 100 to 150 bees into sample bag and seal (That’s approximately ½ to ¾ cup of bees). If the weather is too hot – Place sealed bag with a frozen Blue Ice™ gel or similar freezer pak, wrapped with bubble wrap or similar material – Place in shipping box such as the flat rate US postal priority flat rate mail box. Ship to above. Refrigerate until shipped.
There is no need to add anything to the bees in the baggies, they will arrive just fine.
BVS Honey Bee Virus Detection Sample Information Sheet Each submitted sample should include about 100 live bees in a sealed plastic bag (300 if you want additional analyses). Mark the bag with your name and hive number. Include one completed form for each bee sample. Refrigerate the sample before mailing and ship with a cold pack (if needed) to: BVS, Inc. 795 Porter Hill Rd. Stevensville, MT 59870.
Your Name: ____________ Telephone: ______ Mailing Address:
Your e-mail for contact and reports: __________________________________
Do not mark in this block IVDS Sample (___________) 2022 Date Collected: (yyyymmdd) ______________________________
Bee Keeper: _____________________________________________ Home Location: _________________________________________ Date Collected: _________________________________________
Colony location: (w/in ¼ mile if known) ____________________________
These bees are: ____ Foragers; ___From honey super; ___From brood nest
Colony ID: _____________________________ Bee Race: _____________ : Colony Strength: _____strong _____ weak Known Disease: ______Varroa mite; ____ Nosema; _____ Chalkbrood; ____ Tracheal mite; ____ Deformed Wing ; _____ Am. Foul Brood; ______Eu. Foul Brood; _____ Wax moth; _____ Small Hive Beetle;
_____________ Other (identify) __________________ Comments: __________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________