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Mite Testing Instruction and FAQ

How to do an Alcohol Wash 

How to do a Sugar Roll 

How do I know if I Should Treat? 

The table below is from  the Honey Bee Health Coalition's Guide to Interactive Management (


What do I do with the mites after the alcohol wash or sugar roll

Mites can survive both the sugar roll and alcohol wash so you'll want to dispose of them away from the apiary and any flowers so they don't get back on a bee. Below is a video of a mite that survived an alcohol wash of over 2 minutes in the late summer of 2018 in NH.

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