Welcome to the QBA Varroa mite portal 

This portal has been specifically designed as an information portal to support industry during the response to Varroa destructor detected in the Port of Newcastle on the 22nd of June 2022.

Our Admin team will endeavour to publish updates relating to the incursion as frequently as physically possible. QBA members will continue to receive email updates via our dedicated communication channels.

If you are interested in supporting the QBA by becoming a member, please click here to complete your application for membership. Once you have completed your application and settled your membership invoice, you will be automatically added to our members communication list. 

To report varroa mite detections in Queensland 

Call: Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23

Varroa mite surveillance and the Bee 123 portal 

Beekeepers are urged to conduct varroa surveillance and report your results to the Bee 123 portal. Beekeepers should monitor for varroa mite at a minimum of every 16 weeks. 

To learn more about reporting your results, please click on the attachment below. 

Want to learn more about varroa mite? Click on the attachment below. 

 Click here to report your results. 

Transition to Management (T2M) Information 

On the 9th of February 2024, the National Management Group approved the transition to management plan (T2M) for the honey bee and pollination dependent industries. We encourage all beekeepers to learn more about the T2M process in Queensland. Click here to learn more. 

A detailed summary of the Transition to Management Plan has been released to industry. 

Click here to download the T2M plan

NSW DPI Varroa Heat Map

(click on the map icon to see the latest map of public varroa reports)

Varroa mite Treatments

(click on the table below to learn about chemical permits)

News & Updates

Please use the blog post below to access a time line of all communications relating to the varroa destructor detection and response. 

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  • 27 May 2024 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update with relation to Varroa destructor. 

    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 24052024.pdf

    Should you have any questions with relation to this update, please email info@qbabees.org.au

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 18 May 2024 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update from Biosecurity Queensland with relation to Varroa destructor


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 17052024.pdf

    Should you have any questions with relation to this update, please email info@qbabees.org.au

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 12 May 2024 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update from Biosecurity Queensland for the week ending 10th May 2024.


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 10052024.pdf

    Should you have any questions with relation to this update, please email us at info@qbabees.org.au 

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 04 May 2024 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the link below to read the latest update from Biosecurity Queensland with relation to Varroa destructor.


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 03052024.pdf

    Please email us at info@qbabees.org.au should you have any questions about this update. 

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 29 April 2024 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the link below to read the latest update from Biosecurity Queensland with relation to the detection of Varroa jacobsoni at the Port of Brisbane, and information relating to the transition to management of Varroa destructor. 


    Biosecurity QLD Varroa Mite Update to Industry (29th April 2024).

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 26 April 2024 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    AHBIC and Agrifutures have launched a new series of online educational resources for Australian beekeepers. 

    These resources will provide videos, podcasts and fact sheets to support beekeepers in the transition to management phase for Varroa destructor

    The initial resources to be launched provide a video which has been edited into a podcast featuring Dr Michelle Taylor from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. In this initial episode Bianca Giggins (AHBIC Varroa Mite Coordinator) interviews Dr Taylor with relation to 'slowing the spread'. 

    Click here to watch the video

    Click here to listen to the episode as a podcast. 

    A fact sheet has been published to accompany the information covered in the first episode of the Resilient Beekeeper Series. Please click on the link below to download a copy of the factsheet. 

    We look forward to sharing future content with our members and beekeeping community. 

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 16 April 2024 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the link below to read the latest update from AHBIC relating to the National Transition to Management Program for Varroa destructor. 

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 


  • 16 April 2024 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update relating to the response to Varroa destructor from data obtained from Biosecurity Queensland for the fortnight ending 12th April 2024.


    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 12042024.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

  • 28 March 2024 7:58 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    We are pleased to confirm the QBA have now received communication from AHBIC with relation to the National Transition to Management for Varroa destructor. Please click on any of the attachments below to read the related content. 

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin. 

  • 09 March 2024 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members, 

    Please click on the attachment below to read the latest update relating to the response and preparedness measures for Varroa destructor for the fortnight ending 8th March 2024.

    Please continue to check your hives for varroa and report all surveillance activity (including the negative results) to the Bee 123 portal. 

    QBA Varroa Destructor Update to Members 08-03-2024.pdf

    All the best, 

    Jo Martin 

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Social Media Updates

Varroa mite Educational Videos 

What is Varroa mite? 

Varroa mite Surveillance & Monitoring Techniques

Monitoring for Varroa Explained

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Explained

Useful Resources for Additional Information 

Educational Information for all Beekeepers

Use the BeeAware website for educational information on varroa.

Use the Professional Beekeepers website for articles on varroa.
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