The detection of the honey bee trachael mite in the U. S. in 1984 caused the Georgia Department of Agriculture to adopt a regulatory program to deal with the possible invasion of the mite into Georgia. A mite infestation in Georgia first was discovered in April 1985 during a routine bee inspection by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Quarantine and destruction of the infested apiary and a quarantine of all yards within a 2-mile radius was imposed.

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1Present address: Farm and Community Life Center, 805 State College Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030.