NY Bee Wellness Workshops
USDA NIFA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, Grant # 2011-494400-30631
   -an educational nonprofit program to teach beekeepers honey bee disease recognition & to promote honey bee health
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Mite Check Protocol


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




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.


     * Powerpoint on Varroa mites and control by the Ontario Finger Lakes Beekeepers

     *Mite check techniques

     *Photo PDF of how to do a powdered sugar mite count by the Catskill Beekeepers

     *Penn State Field Guide PDF; see pages 18-26

     *Diagnosing Varroa, a power point format- D. Sammataro PhD. , USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Honey Bee Lab, Tuscon   AZ
               Mite count chart (pdf)

      * Varroa mite quiz with answers

      * Short & concise Youtube video on doing a powdered sugar mite count by the Catskill Beekeepers

      * How to submit samples to the Beltsville lab for testing

     * Video by Jamie Ellis on Varroa mites