Varroa mites are out to get the bees in your hive.
A horrible (and relatively new) problem in the apian world, varroa mites can wipe out a hive in one season.
How to control varroa mites
In our new video Trica shows how to test for varroa mites and combat them
. Most bees have no way to combat varroa mites, and that's where you as the beekeeper need to take a hand. Defend your bees through a combination of controls such as good hygiene, monitoring, and -- when necessary -- naturally derived miticides. With a Mite Observation Board under your Screened Bottom Board you can get a head count of the mites currently in your hive. If the mites are numerous, use Apiguard® with the active ingredient Thymol (from the herb thyme) which is labeled to control varroa mites
. Just take a look at some varroa mites sucking the life juices out of a bee. Want to fight back?
A biologist has beekeeping, and varroa-mite-fighting, advice
Randy Oliver is a local biologist and beekeeper here in Nevada County. His bee blog, Scientific Beekeeping
, is full of buzz for beginners as well as longtime beekeepers. Take advantage of his decades of experience as a teacher and commercial beekeeper. We think you'll enjoy and learn from his balanced approach. One article we especially like is aimed at beginners
. Randy suggests which of the current debates in beekeeping you can just go ahead and ignore! Then he gives you his basics for keeping healthy bees. If you have your first colony of bees you can assume that they have varroa mites. Randy tells you how to evaluate the mite infestation, and suggests mite treatments and how to time them
. To get really grisly, read Randy's articles here
about varroa mites, some of which appeared in the American Bee Journal
. Welcome to the mite-fighting world of sugar shakes and more. Please use our resources to help control the nasty varroa mites and keep your bee hive a healthy one.