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Let’s go over some basics: Varroa, from its Latin name “Varroa destructor” is a parasitic mite of beehives. By attacking bees, it weakens them and transmits various viruses and diseases (such as the infamous “Deformed Wing Virus“).
The colonies of parasitized bees will then decline progressively, or sometimes very brutally. Today, there is no “miracle” solution to eradicate this parasite, which spreads easily from one hive to another, over several kilometers by clinging to the bees.
The only solution currently available to beekeepers is to combine treatments (veterinary drugs) and so-called “biotechnical” (or biomechanical) methods, to reduce the impact of this parasite and allow their colonies to survive from one year to the next.
We have summarized what varroa is and its impact on bees on these 3 pages of our site:
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