Every honey bee colony in the United States and Canada either has Varroa mites today or will have them within several months. The Coalition has developed a variety of resources for beekeepers to utilize as they combat this deadly pest. This includes the Tools for Varroa Management Guide; videos that demonstrate testing and treatment techniques; and an evening bee club presentation. All of these resources explain practical, effective methods that beekeepers can use to measure Varroa mite infestations in their hives and select appropriate control methods. Click here to learn about Varroa mite treatment.
Hive management resources
The Coalition has developed a suite of resources beyond those specifically targeting varroa. These include:
- Best Management Practices for Bee Health: A Guide for Beekeepers. This guide is designed to make it easy for beekeepers to find practical information that they can use. Click here to access the BMP Guide.
- Identifying and Mitigating Foulbrood in honey bee colonies; Information for Beekeepers and Veterinarians. This document articulates what are AFB and EFB, how to test for AFB/EFB, and what to do if there is a positive diagnosis. Click here to access the information.
- A variety of well-vetted resources for beekeepers. There are many informational resources and scholarly articles available regarding honey bee health. The Honey Bee Health Coalition gathered these select resources together — all of which are well-researched, vetted by the apicultural field, and widely accepted — as a service to beekeepers and others interested in bee health. Click here to learn more.
- Registered Medications and Pesticides for Honey Bee Health. These two documents, one for the United States and one for Canada, contain all legal registered products for control of hive pests and disease.
Testing of new potential varroacides
The Coalition is facilitating efficacy testing of compounds that have shown promise as potential varroacides in order to find new control products that can be registered in U.S. and Canada to control mites and provide another tool for beekeepers. Click here to learn more.