Apivar | Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t treat a colony that is infested with Varroa mites effectively, you are condemning it to certain death, within a year in many cases.
These mites weaken the bees by feeding off their haemolymph (blood). Bees become far less resistant to other diseases, their lifetime is greatly shortened and their wings become atrophied. Fewer forager bees can fly to find pollen and nectar to feed larvae in the brood, and weakened, their return flight to the hive becomes more and more difficult. The colony produces less and less honey and becomes unable to feed the new bees, which causes the weakness (in spite of the laying activity of the queen) then the colony collapses.
Moreover, it has been proven that the higher the rate of infestation, the shorter the duration of life of honey bees. That is a real issue for wintering bees that are infested during their development and not able to go through winter and take part in colony development in spring.
Treating against Varroa mites is a matter of bees and colony survival. The goal is to lower the infestation rate to a threshold that can be sustainable for colony development and survival in winter.

Varroa destructor is a real plague for the honey bees and beekeepers in a majority of countries all over the world. Its control is a matter of global concern of the worldwide beekeeping industry.