Colony Health and Varroa Mite/Pest Mitigation Plan
Vermont beekeepers are required to annually report any diseases found in their colonies as well as have a Varroa Mite and Pest mitigation plan for their apiaries (see 6 V.S.A. §§ 3023).
The Colony Health Survey and Varroa Mite/Pest Mitigation Plan serves as a reporting format for these requirements.
Need help writing a mite mitigation plan? We recommend using the Honey Bee Health Coalition's TOOLS FOR VARROA MANAGEMENT website and guide
Effective Mite Mitigation Plans include the following information:
- Mite sampling frequency and method(s)
- Management or treatment threshold levels in number of mites detected per 100 bees
- Treatment or management methods
More useful resources:
- Northeastern IPM for Varroa Mites Brochure
- Varroa Mite Mitigation Sampling Sheet
- Varroa Mite Mitigation Plan Worksheet
Api- Bioxal update:
Effective March 21, 2023 the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has removed the Extended Release Oxalic Acid FIFRA 2(ee) interpretation notice from our website. This was done as a result of a determination by the US EPA on March 21, 2023 that this interpretation was not allowed under the provisions of FIFRA. As a result of this determination, the application of oxalic acid using glycerin treated cellulose pads is no longer considered allowable under the provisions of FIFRA 2(ee). A copy of the letter is available here:
All persons who apply pesticides must comply with all label provisions including directions for use, personal protective equipment, disposal instructions and environmental protection statements.