Varroa Mite Test Bottle is a ready-to-use varroa mite shaker that makes monitoring infestations more accurate and reliable.

• Place about 100 mL of alcohol in one of the jars, or enough so that the bees will be covered.

• Place a large sheet of newspaper or plastic beside the hive to be tested.

• Light a smoker, open the hive and remove a frame which contains a lot of brood. If the queen is present place her back in the hive.

• Shake bees from a brood frame onto the newspaper/plastic sheet/plastic tub.  

• The field bees will mostly fly out of the tub immediately, leaving behind predominantly nurse bees which are likely to carry a greater quantity of phoretic Varroa mites.



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