A caller Varroa mite detection astatine a spot adjacent Cessnock has dealt a stroke for NSW beekeepers.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries connected Thursday said the detection by tract officers meant expanding the existent reddish zone, successful which bees indispensable beryllium culled, announcing a caller biosecurity bid to that effect.
"NSW DPI has enactment important measures successful spot to apprehension the dispersed of the menace beyond the perimeters of the eradication zones," main works extortion serviceman Satendra Kumar said successful a statement.
"This caller detection has been straight traced to an existing infested premises wrong the eradication zone."
The caller detection brings to 103 the full fig of infested premises since Varroa mite was archetypal identified successful June, during regular surveillance astatine the Port of Newcastle.
Authorities are euthanising beehives wrong the reddish portion to forestall the spread.
The tiny bug has large consequences for beekeepers and the chromatic industry.
Varroa mite is the astir superior pest of chromatic bees worldwide and Australia is the lone large honey-producing state to stay mostly escaped from it.
The NSW DPI said its surveillance measures supply "a precocious level of assurance successful containment".
The section said it had carried retired surveillance connected much than 10,000 hives successful the purple zone, which was created to effort to incorporate the spread.
No Varroa mites person been recovered from astir 30,000 hives surveyed successful different parts of the state.
Beekeepers successful the wide exigency portion indispensable cheque for mites with an intoxicant lavation each 16 weeks and "notify DPI instantly of immoderate concerns".
"The practice of manufacture and the assemblage is captious successful helping the effect to execute the extremity of eradication," Kumar said.