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Fight the Mite!
It is a parasite, and has been found on honey bee's and bumble bee species.
IBRA has published many articles on the subjest and in 2007 collected them together to produce Apicultural Research on Varroa This book has been edited by one the world experts, Dr Stephen J Martin.
We also have an information poster on Varroa. Please go to our online shop for further details
Varroa! Fight the Mite
In response to demands by beekeepers for more information on how to control varroa, IBRA held a one-day meeting in Cardiff, UK, in October 1996, specifically aimed at meeting the needs of beekeepers, and to arm them to 'fight the mite'.
Problems of mite resistance to fluvalinate (Apistan) and flumethrin (Bayvarol), and residues in honey and beeswax have prompted beekeepers to look for alternative controls (as opposed to organophosphate and pyrethroid varroacides) such as organic acids e.g. formic acid, and essential oils e.g. thymol. However, not all these products are approved or licensed in some countries and so information about their use is not always readily available.
Another factor is the high cost of products such as Apistan and Bayvarol. 'Alternative' techniques are usually cheap, but may be more time consuming and, although labour costs are an important part of the equation for commercial beekeeping operations, for the hobby beekeeper this may not be an important issue.
Key points to come out of the conference
Article by Pamela Munn
A book published by IBRA called Varroa! Fight the Mite, edited by Pamela Munn and Richard Jones, is now available from our online shop.