Hive Pests

Apistan and Apivar

Varroa – Part 3: Synthetic Chemical Miticides

Chemical miticides are the most effective and easiest way to control Varroa. The most popular treatments overseas are plastic strip products (Apistan and Apivar) that only require two trips to the apiary – one to put the strips between brood frames, and another to take them out 6-8 weeks later. This is my recommendation for …

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integrated pest management (IPM) approach

Varroa – Part 2 : Controlling Varroa Mites

Papua New Guinean beekeepers have suffered from the same species of varroa 10 years longer than Fijians, so we can learn from the PNG experience. Anecdotal evidence from PNG suggests substantial negative impacts on honey production. In the early years, untreated in PNG, it caused bee colony deaths estimated at 60% – 90% in some …

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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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