The USDA-ARS Baton Rouge Bee Lab has bred bees that hygienically remove mite-infested pupae from capped worker brood. This ability is called varroa sensitive hygiene, and bees expressing high levels of this behavior are called VSH bees. To select for the VSH trait in your bees, also see Selecting for Varroa Sensitive Hygiene
The University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab website houses resources for beekeepers and the general public including Africanized honey bees, research projects, Master Beekeeper Program, honey house info, and much more.
In the videos on this page, also available on their website, Dr. Jamie Ellis discusses 6 important pests and diseases
To keep your honey bee colonies healthy, it is important to determine the level of varroa mites in your colonies. This method provides a good estimate of the number of varroa mites on the adult bees. This method has the advantage of not killing the bees.
- The methods described here are illustrated in the following University of Minnesota Instructional Poster “Powder Sugar Roll For Varroa Mites on Honey Bees” Download a .pdf here.