The discovery of a small hive beetle infestation in northeastern New Brunswick has created a flurry of government action to keep the threat to honey bees from spreading.
The province has put $100,000 a year into a honey bee expansion program to help increase the honey bee population native to New Brunswick.
The small hive beetle arrived in hives that were brought to the Acadian Peninsula from Ontario for blueberry pollination.
Kevin McCully, provincial director of agriculture, said officials are unsure how the beetle got past what he called a rigorous inspection process.
Beekeepers “have to send us their forms showing their inspection results, and they were all reported to not have any presence of small hive beetles in them,” he said. “So we were…