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Salt Lake County Health Department
General Information  
Phone: (385) 468-4100

Salt Lake County Bee Inspections

History

bees1Honey bees are a beloved part of Utah’s history, not only providing the state its nickname, but also helping drive its agricultural success. Healthy bee populations help to pollinate crops and are an integral part of any thriving biodiverse ecosystem. However, honey bee pests and diseases have the capacity to cause grave agricultural and ecological devastation. Diseases like American foulbrood can wipe out entire colonies. 

In 1892, the first bee inspection act was passed in Utah. Beekeepers were able register their hives and bee inspectors would conduct apiary inspections to help beekeepers diagnose pest and disease issues in their hives. Bee inspectors could also communicate issues like American foulbrood outbreaks to beekeepers at risk.

Although these efforts have significantly reduced the spread of diseases and pests, bee inspections are still an important part of beekeeping. State and county bee inspectors help detect and mitigate problems like foulbrood, mites, and other threats to honey bees. This service and helps prevent any pests or maladies from becoming an epidemic, and provides stability to the beekeeping industry, ensuring that bees will be available for pollination services to crop growers. 

 

Contact

bees3Inspections are FREE and encouraged for anyone in Salt Lake County who has beehives.

To schedule an inspection, please contact:

Peter Somers, Salt Lake County Bee Inspector
801-874-2999
801874bzzz@gmail.com

Resources

bees2The Salt Lake County Bees and Weeds program and the Salt Lake County bee inspector, in partnership with USU Extension, provides inspection services, demonstration areas, and classes for the public. Visit USU Extension Beekeeping for more information about what's offered.

For more information on beekeeping, visit the Utah State and County Cooperative Apiary Program.