Fight the Mite

Varroa Management

These are two hour classes and will be taught at my home at 2430 Corey St, Longmont, CO. The class size limit is 10 students this year. The cost will be $60/class. To register, just email me. If there are fewer than 4 students registered, then the class may be cancelled. If you have questions, feel free to contact me.

Before you can keep bees (alive) you have to have a varroa management plan! The varroa/virus complex is the #1 cause of colony death in your first 5 years!

>Varroa biology

>Varroa as a vector of bee viruses

>What varroa does to bees

>Your responsibilities

>Ways of testing for varroa

>Treatment options - IPM, organic, synthetic

>Myths and realities of bee genetics and varroa resistance

in April, mid and late summer, dates TBD


How many mites can you see in this photo?

After an alcohol wash of those same bees.

192 MITES!

This colony collapsed one week later