Varroa mite infestation represents one of the greatest threats to honey bee health. When honey bee colonies are untreated or treated ineffectively, colonies can fail and mites will spread to other nearby colonies — including your neighbors’ hives.
Every honey bee colony in the continental United States and Canada either has Varroa mites today or will have them within several months. That’s why the Honey Bee Health Coalition has developed easy-to-use and understand resources that provide accurate information and demonstration of Varroa monitoring and treatment techniques.
Visit honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa-bee-club-program/ to download the evening program for beekeepers and access all of our other free resources.
These resources provide bee clubs and associations with the tools they need to put on an informative and engaging evening program. These include the Tools for Varroa Management Guide, a series of 12 short demonstration videos, and a PowerPoint presentation that explain practical, effective methods to monitor Varroa mite infestations in your hives and select appropriate control methods.
We’ll also be holding a webinar on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Central Time to demonstrate the brief presentation so you can feel more comfortable presenting it to your own club. Please join us and register for the webinar by clicking the following link: honeybeehealthcoalition.org/VarroaWebinar.
The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, growers, conservation groups, manufacturers and consumer brands, and other key partners to improve the health of honey bees in general and specifically around production agriculture. The Coalition is working to measurably improve honey bee health at all levels of beekeeping, including improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of pollinator forage on agricultural lands and partnering with agricultural associations to promote resources and trainings for crop pesticide advisers and farmers alike.
To learn more about the Coalition and its information resources, visit honeybeehealthcoalition.org.