TRACHEAL MITES

Tracheal mites are a lesser problem than Varroa mites, which is good, because they’re much harder to find! Tracheal mites lodge themselves inside the throats of bees and can only be seen if you remove the bee’s head and look at its throat under a microscope.

SOLUTION

Luckily, a lot of honey bees have a resistance to tracheal mites, meaning that even a colony that becomes infested will probably not be overrun. Tracheal mites cause a shorter lifespan and make it harder for bees to keep warm, which means the real risk is your colony not surviving the winter.

TRACHEAL MITES

TRACHEAL MITES CAN BEE SEEN IN THE HONEY BEE’S THROAT ONCE THE HEAD IS REMOVED.