How do we handle the varroa mite? 

The varroa mite is a horrible parasite of honey bees.  At the Sand Hill, we always try to minimize the number of inputs that we put into the hive, but our number one focus is on keeping our animals strong and healthy. This page contains information on how we keep our bees safe in the era of varroa - working towards minimum intervention and more resistant bees while never letting our precious honey bees succumb to disease.  

 Photo by Dwight Wells

Photo by Dwight Wells

Towards treatment free - Breeding for better bees

My philosophy and long term objectives for honey bee health in the age of varroa.  

 Photo by Andrew Potter

Photo by Andrew Potter

Monitoring for the varroa mite

How can you tell if a colony was lost to varroa?  How do you know if varroa populations have reached dangerous levels in your hives?  The first step to bee health is monitoring for pests. 

 Photo by Sarah Scott

Photo by Sarah Scott

Managing for the varroa mite

There is no silver bullet for managing varroa.  If we do nothing, our colonies die and spread disease.  If we do too much, we build resistance, and can damage our bees through over treatment.  Learn how to make a plan that optimizes honey bee health.