TOOLS FOR VARROA MANAGEMENT
Canada either has Varroa mites today or will have them within
several months. Varroa mite infestation represents one of the
greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and
pollination services. When honey bee colonies are untreated
or treated ineffectively colonies can fail and beekeepers can
incur major economic losses, and, ultimately, agricultural food
production may be impacted. In addition, colonies with Varroa
are a source of mites that can spread to other colonies, even
in other apiaries, through drifting, robbing, and absconding
activity of bees.
All beekeepers should remain vigilant to detect high Varroa
mite levels and be prepared to take timely action in order to
reduce mite loads. Effective mite control will reduce colony
losses and avoid potential spread of infectious disease among
This Guide will explain practical, effective methods that
beekeepers can use to measure Varroa mite infestations in
their hives and select appropriate control methods. The Honey
Bee Health Coalition offers this Guide free of charge and asks
that you please reference the Coalition if distributing.
Guide free of charge and asks that you please reference the Coalition if distributing.