American Foulbrood Found in Bee Hives in SC

The Department of Plant Industry (DPI) is informing the South Carolina Beekeepers Association (SCBA) Members that we have official confirmation from the Clemson DPI Bee Lab in Pendleton of American Foulbrood (AFB) in Pickens County. To be more specific, AFB was found near the town of Pickens and the positive AFB hives were removed from a small apiary there. We hope beekeepers will notify the Department if they are experiencing problems, especially in the affected area. This cooperation is very important since South Carolina does not require beekeeper registration.

In addition to the SCBA notification, the surrounding local associations in the affected area have been notified as well.

Below is a map of the affected area. Beekeepers should email or call if they are experiencing any issues.

AFB found in hives near the town of Pickens, SC.

This notification is provided to protect the beekeeping industry of South Carolina.

  • Clemson University
  • Department of Plant Industry Apiary Inspection
  • Brad Cavin
  • scavin@clemson.edu
  • 864-596-2933 ext.113