For the first time ever, beekeepers across the United States and Canada will participate in a Mite-A-Thon whigh will provide us with critical information on a terrible threat to our bees.
The Maryland State Beekeepers Association strongly supports this efforts, and encourages local clubs and beekeepers to participate in this event.
Many pollinator and bee research organizations, including universities and labs are participating and providing resources to help you measure the presence of varroa mites, report what you find, and make treatment decisions. Major bee supply companies also supoort this effort! You can see a list of helpful tools, how to use them, and more information at the University of Minnesota Bee Squad.
Participants will test the level of mites present in their hives using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment — powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash — and upload their data at www.mitecheck.com, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive.
The Mite-A-Thon is supported by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), Pollinator Partnership, and numerous partners, including the Honey Bee Health Coalition.
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