Due to hurricane induced weather on the East Coast of the U.S., The Mite-A-Thon will extend through Saturday, September 22nd!
For those that have not yet participated, you now have until next Saturday 9/22 to input your data at www.mitecheck.com.
The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, and the viruses it vectors are a significant driver of honey bee colony mortality. Yet, indicators suggest that many beekeepers are not monitoring honey bee colony Varroa infestations and therefore not able to connect infestation to colony loss.
Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one-week window. Objectives are:
(1) To raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods.
(2) To make management strategies available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner-developed information and outreach materials.
All beekeepers in North America are encouraged to participate, thereby creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
DATE: The week of September 8, 2018, with a practice test during summer 2018.
COST: There is no cost. You can create your own test materials or kits can be purchased online and at your local bee supply store.
DATA COLLECTION: Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.
TO DO: Determine your preferred method of testing for mites and commit to a day for testing, either individually or through beekeeping organizations, and upload your Varroa monitoring data to: www.mitecheck.com.
QUESTIONS: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 415.362.1137.
SPONSORS: Sponsorships are being solicited to underwrite costs and grants, as necessary.
Honey Bee Health Coalition: honeybeehealthcoalition.org
University of Minnesota Bee Lab: www.beelab.umn.edu
Bee Informed Partnership: beeinformed.org
Project Apis m.: www.projectapism.org
USDA APHIS Varroa Mite Detection and Sampling