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Varroa mites, Varroa destructor, are the most serious threat to honey bees. Varroa are relatively large external parasites that feed on the body fluids of adult and developing honey bees. Varroa cause physical damage, weaken bees and transmit a variety of pathogens, particularly viruses. In almost all cases, when varroa infestations are not effectively managed they will eventually result in the death of the entire honey bee colony. It is crucial that beekeepers manage the health of their honey bees by suppressing the population of varroa in all of their honey bee colonies throughout the beekeeping season.
Varroa Management Decision Tool
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Best Management Practices for Hive Health
Guide from the Honey Bee Health Coalition which covers many aspects of hive management.
Disease Management and Guidelines for the Honey Bee
Guide to honey bee diseases from the North Carolina State Extension. It is the goal of every beekeeper to maintain healthy, productive colonies. This can only be accomplished by reducing the frequency and prevalence of disease within beehives.
A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies
Document created by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Includes information on honey bee diseases, Colony Collapse Disorder, pests of honey bees
Honey Bee Diseases and Pests
This booklet contains up-to-date information on controlling diseases, parasitic mites and other pests of honey bees. It is extremely important for beekeepers to keep abreast of all the latest information on new bee diseases and pests and how best to control them. From the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.
Annie Cavanagh. Head of a honey bee. Artstor, library.artstor.org/asset/24715848
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