Varroa Sampling

Bee Health March 10, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF
The 'Gizmo' is a device developed at the University of Minnesota to aid in the collection of 300 adult honey bees for varroa mite sampling.

Sampling honey bee colonies for Varroa destructor is an extremely important tool for gaining control of Varroa mites.

Why SAMPLE in a standard way?

  • Be informed: know thy enemy!
  • Decrease use of miticides!
  • Reduce chemical residues in hive!
  • Save time and money!
  • Develop regional treatment thresholds!
  • Breed queens from colonies with low mites!

The following documents provide easy instructions and an explanation of a standardized sampling routine large and small scale beekeepers can implement. A general mite density can be determined at the apiary level or hive level for use in treatment decisions or research.

The above resources come from the University of Minnesota bee lab.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.