T-mites, v-mites, SHB, all came from other areas of the world. I think we are up to 18 different viruses that the bees carry. Some of them "collected" from around the world as bees are shipped around. And there actually may be more of them.
Bees are one small fraction of animals and species that have been shipped around the world. And as with bees, many invasive, nonnative insects, are creating all kinds of problems, not just in the U.S., but around the world.
Contact any state agriculture department, and they will provide a list of insects and disease that they are currently "tracking" after being introduced into the area. Shipping problems around the world is not "Doom and gloom", it a REAL problem.
And I find it ironic, that comments come from such places as those from Australia, where they prohibit and restrict entry of the very same insects they send around the world.
But, lets be real......the same hobby and professional beekeepers who complain about such items, all flock to such middlemen and sellers of foreign products. There are certain sellers of bees from operations in Texas, that openly advertise selling bees from other countries, but you barely hear a word. Walmart we all complain about. But a bee company selling bees shipped from around the world, seems to go unnoticed. I would NEVER buy bees from such places.
I favor building our own bee industry and NOT shipping in insects of any kind from around the world.
And why anyone would want bees from places around the world that are not subjected to mite pressures, with survivability traits, is mind-boggling. Did you ever wonder how weak the genetics and the bees ability to handle problems such as v-mites, are effecting those operations that use such bees? No wonder those large operations (who probably lost their bees due to at least in part,,,,chemical overload) bring in Aussie bees by the truckload, then pour in more chemicals to get them to handle the new mites these bees have never dealt with. (It does not take long for a mite free package to be infested with mites)
Doom and gloom? No. Just practical REAL issues and advice for ALL beekeepers in the states. Quit buying Australian bees, quit buying from those operations that supply them, and quit buying weak genetics strains of bees after pollination from other beekeepers who places these bees in their hives, only to pass them along to you.