This is an important tool to have for reliable varroa monitoring. It provides beekeepers a way to diagnose varroa infestation levels quickly and effectively. We recommend all beekeepers to have one of these.

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Durable, leak-free lid
  • Molded guide lines on basket to measure 200 or 300 bees
  • Basket with holes on sides and bottom for varroa to fall through
  • Transparent bowl allows for accurate and reliable sampling.


Required Equipment:

  • Washing fluid such as winter windshield washing fluid (containing alcohol); or rubbing alcohol diluted with water at a 1:4 ratio.
  • The washing process can make the bees quite irritable. We recommend to wear protective clothing, including gloves.


Number of mites = % Varroa infestation

3 for 300 bees (1/2 cup)

2 for 200 bees

(adjust according to sample size)

e.g. If you have 16 mites then you divide by 3 to get percent infestation, and you are just over 5% and would want to treat them. We recommend staying below 2-3% during spring/summer and below 1% during the fall going into winter.

Varroa Mite Check Kit


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