Varroa Mite


Varroa Destructor

Varroa Destructor mite on a honey bee

The varroa destructor mite is a small spider-like creature which attaches to a bee, and sucks its blood.  Whilst this, in itself, is unlikely to kill a bee, its piercing mouthparts ‘inoculate’ the bee with various viruses.

  • acute bee paralysis virus
  • deformed wing virus
  • slow paralysis virus and more.

Treatments are many and varied.  No one treatment will completely eradicate Varroa.  Although it is endemic in the UK and is no longer a statutory notifiable disease, the NBU will continue to offer advice on its control as it does for other serious non statutory diseases.  Please see links below or contact the Association Secretary for advice/guidance.