Hive Pests

Recommended Sampling Method for Varroa in Fiji

Two sampling methods provide the best estimates of mite populations. Both involve removing mites from the bodiesof adult bees, then counting the mites to establish a standard percentage measure of mite numbers (i.e., number of mites per 100 adult bees). The recommended sampling methods in Fiji is with icing (powdered) sugar shake. Practice improves accuracy …

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Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) Fact Sheet on Varroa Mite - November 2018

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) Fact Sheet on Varroa Mite – November 2018

The threat of varroa mite Varroa mite, Varroa jacobsoni is a serious external parasite of honeybees. Varroa mite damages honeybees through feeding on the brood and adult bees and transmitting various diseases. The Varroa mite infested colonies are significantly weakened and usually cannot survive for more than one or two years. Varroa mite poses a …

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Technical Report 49: Disease Survey of Honey Bees in Fiji (FIJI15)

Disease Survey of Honey Bees inFiji – Technical Report 49: (FIJI15) – 2013

The Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) is designed to address constraints to market access from primary production products, including honey and other bee products. PHAMA funded the current bee disease survey to assist Fiji in establishing and maintaining market access to Australia and New Zealand, with potential interest in exporting to China, …

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