Varroa Causes Losses of New Hampshire Bees

May 19, 2017

From: Valley News

Concord Monitor


The exact reason why the hives were lost is unknown. Of the 239 responses received on why hives died, almost 45 percent of beekeepers reported they didn’t know what caused their hives to die. The next-highest cause was varroa mites, at almost 30 percent, and starvation at around 17 percent. “Other” reasons included weakness and mice. The survey notes many of the responses listed multiple reasons for hive loss.


Survival rates were helped with at least one varroa mite treatment and seasonal feedings, according to the survey. Hives that received multiple treatments for mites were twice as likely to survive as hives that received one treatment.

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