Managing for Varroa
Current beekeeping challenges call for all beekeepers to have a solid understanding of Varroa mite biology and management approaches. We will dive deeper into understanding Varroa biology and will devote majority of the time to discussing pros and cons of various means to monitor, mitigate, and manage this crucial honey bee pest.
Chemical Free options
The course size is 25 participants per session. Please bring your bee suit/veil if you own one! The $175 registration fee covers the cost of course materials, lunch and refreshments on the day of the short course. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own lodging. Short course will be held at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on UC Davis campus.
For directions visit: http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/map.html
At the E L Nino Bee Lab, we work with live Honey bees. Honey bees are stinging insects, and while most stings do not require immediate medical attention, a small portion of the population can develop a life-threatening allergy. When working in the hives you will need to wear closed toe and closed heel shoes, long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Protective gear will be provided for you, but if you prefer you may bring your own. If stung, immediately remove the stinger by scraping it off and wash the area to reduce the alarm pheromone. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or any other serious symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.