Time to Manage Varroa.

Dear beekeepers,

It is that time of year again…yes that’s right…Varroa time.

Varroa mites parasitize pupating bees.  Heavy infestations will kill colonies.

Varroa mites parasitize pupating bees. Heavy infestations will kill colonies.

Lots of bees brooding up in the spring and summer made nice homes for Varroa to reproduce in.  Now, the days are getting shorter and the queen is laying fewer eggs.  The brood cells available for Varroa to reproduce in are fewer and Varroa populations are at their height.  This means that there will be more mites reproducing in fewer brood cells…..the brood cells of your winter bees.

This is very dangerous, because bees that are parasitized by Varroa have a shorter life span, translating to dying in February rather than April when there will be newly hatched bees to replace them.  Bee death in Feburary means spring colony death.

Be sure to monitor the mite levels in your colonies and then choose the appropriate mite treatment for the job.

We put together a quick guide featuring the mite treatments we sell in the store.  Have a look and please feel free to ask us questions about them.  We do the research so you don’t have to.

VarroaInfoSheetHBW

Yours Truly,

Worker Bee