Honey bee with Varroa mite parasite.

Honey bee with Varroa mite parasite.

As a ChemCert trainer, I am privileged to travel both intra state and interstate, visiting both rural and suburban areas and training students who work in a wide array of industries. Over the years, I’ve conducted courses for students working in vineyards, apple orchards, broadacre, vegetable and organic farms, poultry farms, as well as amenity personnel working on councils or as lawn mowing contractors. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with two groups of students who were all recently employed by the NSW Department of Primary Industry. Their job… eradicate Varroa destructor mite.

Varroa mite was first detected at two sentinel hives at the Port of Newcastle, on June 22nd, 2022. The sentinel hives a