VARROA MITE TESTING
The NH Healthy Hive theme for April 2019-Mar 2020 is
"Varroa Mite testing". Whether you use commercial
treatments for managing varroa mites or not, it is important
to do regular testing in order to understand the mite
load in each hive.
What Does the Project Entail?
The goal of this project is follow the enrolled hives over a
12 month period tracking monthly (May-->Oct) mite test
data, along with other optional information such as if the
hive swarmed, if commercial treatments were used, and
whether the hive survived the winter.
This data would be used in conjunction with the hive loss & dead out autopsy information to better understand why NH hive loss is so high. Analysis Results will be published regularly
How Do I Participate?
Participation is easy! Simply download the tracking sheet and do a monthly mite test by either sugar roll or alcohol wash (It is OK if you miss a month). Once you start collecting data submit the information either on-line, via email or USPS at any interval that is convenient for you
In addition to recording your counts, the tracking sheet allows you to record some other basic information about the hive such as if you did any commercial varroa treatments, if the hive swarmed, etc
You can also sign up for email updates about the project below
How Do I Do a Sugar Roll or Alcohol Wash?
Please see the videos on the varroa Mite testing FAQ page.
Also, you can contact your local bee club with questions.
Submit Your Data
Mite Test Results
PO Box 250
Gilmanton, NH 03237