The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, is beekeepers’ public enemy #1. This parasite is present in all honey bee colonies throughout the U.S and most of the world. Varroa harm the bees both by feeding on the developing and adult bees but also by vectoring viruses while they feed. In our area, if beekeepers do not manage their colonies to reduce mite levels, there is a 90-95% chance the colony will die within 2 years from effects of the mites and the bee viruses they vector. Learn how to monitor and manage these mites to keep colonies healthy!