The number of honey bee hives and beekeepers in Canada is on the rise, but there are still several factors affecting honey bee health (diseases, parasites, and the environment). The varroa mite is one of the most important factors affecting honey bee colony health in Canada. As a life science company, Bayer understands the importance of pollinators in agricultural economies, food supply and stable ecosystems.
The varroa mite, also referred to as Varroa destructor, is the single most detrimental pest of honey bees and one of the main causes of winter losses.
Small Hive beetles
Small hive beetles (SHB) are parasites that often feed on brood, pollen and wax primarily in weak or stressed colonies. Adults are long lived and can survive winter conditions inside a honey bee hive.