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Varroa Action Plan

Newfoundland and Labrador is currently free of the highly destructive Varroa destructor mite.  Maintaining this status will be a major challenge!

The Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association released A Varroa Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador on September 21, 2020. It  recommended measures to prevent the arrival and establishment of the mite in the province.  For more information, click here:

 Here's a number of audio recordings of Poppy Peter's Varroa conversations with beekeepers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.  They are presented here with permission.


The proof of the pudding is in the eating

Newfoundland and Labrador is not prepared for Varroa. 


Varroa conversations with beekeepers

Bob Darrell, Ontario, 22 July 2019

David Elkner, New Jersey, 21 July 2019

Dick Cryberg, Ohio, 4 October 2019

Frank Lindsay, New Zealand, 1 August 2019

Heather Clay, B.C., 10 December 2019

Janet Wilson, B.C., 23 July 2019

Peter Keating, Quebec, 11 July 2019

Stephanie Taylor, B.C./New Zealand, 19 December 2019

Tony Phillips, Nova Scotia, 12 August 2019

Trevor Weatherhead, Australia, 18 July 2019


Varroa monitoring methods

In October 2020, the Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association sponsored a series of workshops across the Island of Newfoundland to explain the basics of monitoring for Varroa destructorProvincial bee inspectors from New Brunswick, Mary and Fletcher Colpitts, were the workshop instructors.

The more beekeepers in NL who are able to monitor for Varroa the better, because it will provide an early warning for the first Varroa incursions. Moreover, it will prepare beekeepers to respond effectively to the establishment of the mite in our stock and hopefully limit the devastation experienced in other parts of North America.
Thanks to Mary and Fletcher Colpitts for lending us a hand with these workshops. Also thanks to John Barron of Brilliant Labs for doing all the video work, and to Chris Lester for hosting the St. John's region workshop!

Funding for the workshops was made possible thanks to a grant from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership - Newfoundland and Labrador program. 
1. This video explains the basics of the alcohol wash method.
 2. This video explains the basics of monitoring for Varroa using a sticky board and accelerants.

 3. This video explains the basics of monitoring for Varroa using the sugar shake method.