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North American Mite-A-Thon

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North American Mite-A-Thon

Time: September 8, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Location: any North American beekeeping site
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Event Type: miteathon
Organized By: Pollinator Partnership
Latest Activity: Sep 15, 2018

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Event Description

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. All beekeepers can participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Their Varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to

OBJECTIVE: 1) To raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods. 2) Management strategies will be made available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner developed information and outreach materials.

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers in North America are encouraged to participate

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

CONTACT: or 415-362-1137



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Comment by Elizabeth Lake on September 15, 2018 at 6:41pm

The 2018 North American Mite-A-Thon is drawing to a close.  Please take a moment to take the mite management survey at

And here's some general mite info:

Comment by Elizabeth Lake on September 12, 2018 at 7:26pm
Comment by Elizabeth Lake on September 12, 2018 at 12:54am

Comment by Elizabeth Lake on September 8, 2018 at 12:17pm

So, how to test for mites? In order of accuracy, techniques include:

- alcohol wash
- sugar shake
- IPM board

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has created this video on how to do both a sugar shake and an alcohol wash:

Comment by Elizabeth Lake on September 6, 2018 at 10:10pm

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