Varroa mites

Summary

Varroa mites are the most serious pest of honey bees worldwide.

Varroa infects honey bees in every major beekeeping area of the world, except Australia.

Although there is a combined government and industry effort to keep them out of Australia, it is generally accepted that it is inevitable that varroa mites will eventually establish in Australia. This will radically change beekeeping practices.

This Primefact covers the following topics:

  • importance
  • description
  • life cycle
  • signs/symptoms
  • monitoring
  • how they spread
  • what do you do?



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Primefact 861 First Edition

Published: 01 Jan 2009