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Varroa Easy Check for Helping Beekeepers Easily Count and Monitor for Varroa Mites on Their Honey Bees

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  • EASY TO USE: The Varroa Easy Check has an innovative design for a quick, easy and reliable sampling of Varroa infestations using 3 different measuring techniques
  • PATENTED DESIGN: The patented design by Veto-Pharma allows varroa mites to fall through the measuring basket so beekeepers can quickly count their mite levels
  • BUILT IN MEASURING CUP: The included measuring basket includes molded lines so you can quickly measure your sample of bees
  • #1 MITE SAMPLING TOOL: The Varroa Easy Check is the favorite varroa mite measure tool among backyard and commercial beekeepers because of its accuracy for measuring mites
  • 3 WAYS TO USE: Compatible for beekeepers who want to use an alchohol wash, powdered sugar or a CO2 cannister for counting their varroa mite levels.

Product Description

Designed For Beekeepers to Monitor for Varroa Mites

Using Varroa Easy Check 3 Ways

The Varroa Easy Check offers three methods for mite monitoring: rubbing alcohol, powdered sugar, and CO2. Alcohol is quick but lethal to bees, powdered sugar is non-lethal and bee-friendly, while CO2 offers a non-lethal approach with temporary bee immobilization. Each method effectively dislodges mites for accurate counting

Check for Mites Using Powdered Sugar

The Varroa Easy Check can also be used with powdered sugar as a non-lethal alternative to alcohol. After adding the sugar to the bee sample and shaking, the sugar encourages mites to lose their grip, falling through the mesh for easy counting. This method allows for live bee release post-check.

Check for Mites Using CO2

The Varroa Easy Check can be adapted for use with CO2 gas as well. By introducing CO2 into the cup, the bees are temporarily immobilized, causing Varroa mites to detach. After a brief period of exposure, the mites fall through the mesh bottom, allowing for accurate counting while keeping the bees unharmed.

Check for Mites Using Alcohol

The Varroa Easy Check is compatible with alcohol or window washing fluid, which is added to the cup containing the bee sample. The alcohol effectively dislodges Varroa mites from the bees. After shaking, the mites are easily separated and counted, providing a reliable measure of infestation levels.

The favorite tool for counting varroa mites

The “sacrifice” of a bee sample may discourage some beekeepers from monitoring their colonies. But you need to think of the sampling like you would a blood test: you take a sample of blood to guide a diagnosis, but it is such a small amount that it has no consequence on your overall health or well-being. The sacrifice of 200 to 300 bees is similar:

1 Sampling will give information to improve the health management of the rest of the colony and the entire apiary. The alcohol wash method, which gives accurate results but does sacrifice bees, will eventually avoid colony mortality.

2 The damage to the monitored colonies should be put in perspective because a limited loss of bees in season has little consequence in a colony that generally contains between 20,000 and 35,000 individuals and whose queen can lay more than 2,000 eggs per day (at the peak of laying). The sample taken usually represents less than one percent of the overall population of the hive, and the bees will be quickly replaced.

Using the Varroa Check as an Alcohol Wash

This method consists of immersing a sample of bees into a container of alcohol to detach the phoretic mites so they can be counted. This method is the most consistent in terms of delivering accurate results, and is commonly practiced by beekeepers, apiary inspectors, and scientists throughout North America.

The alcohol wash is a reliable, quick method for monitoring Varroa mites in beehives. Its results can be applied to the entire apiary, making it a go-to choice for many beekeepers. The materials—usually rubbing alcohol or windshield washer fluid—are inexpensive and can be reused, adding to its cost-effectiveness. This method can be performed during any routine apiary visit, saving time. However, there are drawbacks. The sampled bees are killed in the process, and extreme care must be taken to avoid capturing the queen, as her loss would be detrimental to the hive.

Using Powdered Sugar to Measure Varroa Mites

This method offers several pros and cons for beekeepers. On the upside, it's bee-friendly and uses common supplies. It's also cost-effective, requiring only inexpensive materials. The method is moderately accurate and can be conveniently performed during any routine apiary visit. However, there are some limitations. It must be conducted in dry conditions, as humidity can cause both the sugar and mites to stick to the bees, affecting the accuracy. Variable results can occur, particularly if the sugar clumps.

Additionally, caution is required to ensure the queen is not included in the sample, as her presence would complicate the process. Overall, this method offers a practical, affordable, and relatively non-intrusive way to monitor Varroa mite levels, but it does come with specific conditions for optimal results.

Using C02 to Measure Varroa Mites

Using CO2 for Varroa mite monitoring offers its own set of pros and cons. On the plus side, it's a non-lethal method, allowing you to return the sampled bees to the hive. This is particularly appealing for those who wish to minimize bee loss.

The method is also relatively quick and can be performed during any routine visit to the apiary, adding convenience. Accuracy can vary, and it's crucial to ensure that the gas is evenly distributed to dislodge the mites effectively. As with other methods, care must be taken not to include the queen in the sample. Overall, using CO2 is a humane and relatively convenient option for Varroa mite monitoring, but it does require some additional supplies.

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