Mite-A-Thon has Begun!

Mite-A-Thon, the first ever national event to capture and collect Varroa mite infestations in North America has started! Please dust off your sugar shake jars, grab some powdered sugar and join us in the colonies starting today and lasting until September 16th (we hope you continue to monitor your colonies beyond this drive as MiteCheck.com is always open and your data is always welcome).

Add your data to this map and make it light up! Look at the data and see what management practices are being used around the country. If you have questions about what management or treatment strategy you should use, please see this valuable Varroa guide from the Honey Bee Health Coalition.

MiteCheck National Map (found at MiteCheck.com)

If you don’t have a sugar roll jar, please see our previous BIP blog on how to make one and then how to administer a sugar roll test. Read more about sugar roll tests in general and for ways to interpret your data, please read another BIP blog here.

There is still time to purchase ready-made MiteCheck kits (everything you need in 1 bucket!). Please think about buying one from these bee supply houses, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and Mann Lake.

Please get out, enjoy the wonderful fall weather and contribute to a HUGE citizen science project. You’ll learn how healthy your bees are heading into winter and you’ll make a difference in this valuable research effort. We thank you. Fight the mites.

 

Written By: The Bee Informed Team

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The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we can keep healthier bees. The key to our success is the true partnership we maintain across a wide range of disciplines including traditional honey bee science, economics, statistics, and medical research that makes all these tools available to this important research. And just as important as the tools are the people. We not only have the leading researchers in the honey bee industry, we also have advisory boards from the commercial beekeeping industries, almond and other commercial growers, as well as naturalists and conservationists from across the country.

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