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an educational nonprofit program to teach beekeepers honey bee disease recognition & to promote honey bee health

Mite Check Protocol

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Your bees have varroa mites! they are the primary threat to honey bees, it  is your responsibility to check how many your bees have, to assess colony health. It is easy and simple to do, but very important even if you do not treat.

It is recommended to check at least 3 times a year, Spring/Summer/Fall, to determine if your bees are at risk.  It is also important to know mites levels to determine if treatment is needed.  If treating, do mite checks before and after treatment to determine efficacy.

Honeybee crippled by Deformed Wing Virus, which is transmitted by mites
-by Dr. Larry Connor

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Powdered Sugar Roll for mite counts

https://pollinators.msu.edu/resources/beekeepers/varroa-mite-monitoring1/

 

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Use of Oxalic Acid on Honey Bees  (click here)