I am often asked on how I manage varroa mites, because beekeepers want to find the ‘best’ way to deal with them. Below you will find the long answer to this question - there is a video and an accompanying pdf that describes what I think of all of the tools for varroa control. My personal strategy relies heavily on splits and brood removal - it means that I don’t have to use a lot of chemicals, but it is a lot of work, and isn’t what most beekeepers want to do. My main philosophy with varroa is to do whatever you can to keep their population low, and make sure that the hives are free from this deadly parasite before your winter bees are made. If you live in a remote area, that may not be that much work. If you live in an area with higher disease pressure, then you may have to break out all the tools. On this page I’ve included a video and a pdf on all the current (2018) tools for varroa and what I think of them. Make a good plan for this year, and keep those parasites under control!

The goal is to keep varroa populations under control - BEFORE winter bees are made. These poor girls don’t stand a chance on surviving a Michigan winter. Photo by Sarah B. Scott

The goal is to keep varroa populations under control - BEFORE winter bees are made. These poor girls don’t stand a chance on surviving a Michigan winter. Photo by Sarah B. Scott