For beekeepers in NSW, managing Varroa mite in hives is a whole new skillset to learn. Find the range of support materials to help you build your knowledge on dealing with Varroa mite.
Managing Varroa mite is more than just applying miticide strips within a hive. Integrated pest management (known as IPM) uses a variety of techniques to keep Varroa mite numbers below a level where they cause economic damage to the colony and beekeeper.
Read the NSW DPI Primefact: Varroa mite management options in NSW
Watch the video on integrated pest management when dealing with Varroa mite in your hives
This introduction to Integrated Pest Management walks through the practical steps beekeepers can take to find, minimise, and either prevent, eradicate, or manage pests and diseases in their colonies.
To learn more about Varroa biology and monitoring, read the Varroa mite Primefact
Miticide strips are now approved to be available through commercial suppliers in NSW, for beekeepers whose hives have mite loads at a level that requires chemical treatment. NSW DPI may provide miticide strips in some cases for registered beekeepers.
What do I need to do?
Recommended treatment thresholds by colony phase
|Colony phase||Wait - immediate control not needed||Urgent - Control immediately|
|Under 1% (less than 3 mites found)||Over 1% (3-5 mites found)|
|Under 2% (5 or less mites found)||Over 2-3% (6-9 mites found)|
|Peak population |
|Under 2% (5 or less mites found)||Over 3% (9+ mites found)|
|Under 2% (5 or less mites found)||Over 2-3% (6-9+ mites found)|