Meeting this week – this is my first attempt as a study group type activity. I’ve described it to my branch as a ‘bee disease chat evening’. Sign up has been good with another 2 people saying today they’ll be attending – making about 8 in total.
I’m planning to run it with a sheet of 13 questions to be gone through on the evening and then I’ll compile the answers with my own answer sheet and email it out to everyone afterwards.
I’ve gone through the questions and answered them as fully as I can. It’ll be interesting to see if people come up with additional answers – one of the benefits of a study group!
Hopefully everyone will come well prepared having read as much material as possible prior to the evening. I am toying with the idea of taking a laptop and going through Green course powerpoint 4 from CIAC.
I have given everyone who’s planning on attending the following information:
Reading list and some questions
Best Practice Guideline No. 11 – Varroa (created July 2012)
Using Artificial Swarming for Varroa Control pdf
Using Drone Brood Removal for Varroa Control pdf
Using Integrated Pest Management for Varroa Control pdf
Also see page http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=93
Open Mesh Floors pdf
Beltsville and Pyrethroid Resistance Testing pdf
The veterinary medicines directorate listing of treatments…
Look for bees in the species list and do a search
Gallery of varroa images from NBU
E-learning at NBU – One of the these is all about varroa!
The first module ‘Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Viruses’ covers six main topics; Exotic Threats, Foulbrood, Varroa, Adult Bee Diseases and Viruses, Other Brood Disorders and Other Pests. To access this free and exciting platform, you will need to log into BeeBase where you will find an eLearning link to the left hand side of the navigation panel. When clicking on this, you will be re-directed to the eLearning platform where you can access the content. Like all of our material, the aim of the module is to provide you with a good understanding of the issues that might affect colony health. It will be available on most mobile devices and tablets, although you will need to make sure that your web browser is up to date, otherwise you may experience compatibility issues with some of the content.
Log in to bee base (Register if you haven’t already) and then the link is on the left hand menu.
1. How do we monitor for varroa?
2. How often should we monitor for varroa?
3, Which aspects of the honeybee lifecycle does it use to its advantage?
4. Why is it an effective pest of honeybees?
5. What steps can we take to reduce varroa without chemicals?
6. Where do you find out about the legal medical treatments for varroa?
7. What restrictions are there on some varroa treatments?
8. Why is it so important to treat for varroa in autumn?
9. If left untreated what can happen to a honeybee colony with varroa?
10. What are the symptoms of Varroosis?