Varroa: how to recognize it, treat it and prevent it
Varroa destructor is a dreaded parasite in the world of beekeeping. This tiny yet devastating mite primarily targets domestic bees, causing significant damage to beehives and contributing to the global decline in bee populations. In this article, we will explore methods to recognize, treat, and prevent Varroa infestations, crucial strategies for the survival of bees and the sustainability of beekeeping.
How to Recognize Varroa
Varroa is a small mite with a brownish color. It is difficult to see with the naked eye, but it is possible to recognize it by examining the bees.
Infested bees with Varroa typically exhibit the following symptoms:
- They are smaller and paler than healthy bees.
- They have atrophied or torn wings.
- They have white spots on their bodies.
- They are slower and less active.
It is also possible to recognize Varroa by examining the larvae and nymphs. Infested larvae with Varroa typically display the following symptoms:
- They are smaller and paler than healthy larvae.
- They have atrophied or torn wings.
- They do not develop properly.
How to Examine Bees for Varroa Detection
To examine bees for Varroa detection, simply take a few bees in your hand and carefully inspect them. You can use a magnifying glass to facilitate the examination.
Look for mites on the backs of the bees, between the segments of their abdominal rings. Varroa is a small oval mite with a brownish color. It is difficult to see with the naked eye, but it can be distinguished by focusing on bees exhibiting the symptoms described above.
How to Treat Varroa?
There are numerous ways to treat Varroa, but it is important to choose a method that is effective and safe for the bees. The Stop Varroa treatment is the only one that eliminates 100% of Varroa. It can also be used in organic beekeeping. Stop Varroa is safe for bees and does not contaminate your honey.
To eliminate Varroa, follow these steps:
- Shake the treatment solution and ensure there is no sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
- Put on your beekeeper suit and open the hive.
- Lift the frames one by one and spray the bees with the solution on both sides. The treatment will be more effective with even distribution of the treatment solution.
- Do not worry about the bees outside the hive when applying the treatment. They will also be treated as the solution attracts the bees and spreads among them through contact.
- After 24 hours, you can open the hive to see the impact of the treatment. The treatment will protect your hives from Varroa for an entire year. After a year, we recommend reapplying the treatment solution preventively, even if your hive is not affected by Varroa.
What are the benefits of Stop Varroa treatment?
The benefits of Stop Varroa treatment are as follows:
- Eradicates Varroa in 24 hours.
- Suitable for organic beekeeping. Our treatment is safe for your bees.
- The only treatment that guarantees a 100% success rate. Money-back guarantee.
- Easy application directly on both sides of the frame using a sprayer.
- Can be applied year-round, in all weather and temperature conditions.
- Cost-effective: 1 liter can treat 20 hives.
- Durable: the treatment provides Varroa protection for one year.
How to Prevent Varroa Infestation?
Preventing Varroa infestation is important to protect your hives.
First, it's important to implement biosecurity measures. This involves using clean and disinfected equipment, isolating infested hives, and regularly checking your hives.
Second, you can enhance the bees' resistance to Varroa. This can be done by selecting Varroa-resistant bee breeds or using breeding methods that promote bee resistance.
Third, it's crucial to promptly treat Varroa infestations. There are several treatment options available, including chemical, biological, or natural methods.
By following these tips, you can help protect your hives from Varroa infestation.