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Varroa mite (Varroa destructor and Varroa jacobsoni) is a serious, exotic parasite of adult European honey bees and their brood.
The mite occurs in beekeeping countries throughout the world but has not been detected in Australia. There are several surveillance projects for early detection of an incursion of varroa at and near shipping ports.
Beekeepers are encouraged to test their own hives for varroa using the simple sugar shake (or roll) test.
When varroa mites are dusted with pure icing sugar, the fine granules stick to their feet and they can no longer grip the surface they are clinging to.
The dusting of adult bees with icing sugar causes mites to fall off the bee into the white sugar where they are more easily seen.
This simple sugar shake detection method is now used by many beekeepers throughout Australia.
The collection of bees from hives, as described below, may agitate hive bees, including guard bees. People inexperienced in handling bees should first read Safe beekeeping practices.
Equipment for sugar shake test
Looking for varroa and collection of specimens
Steps if you find or suspect presence of varroa in your apiary
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