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Mauritius: The production of honey threatened by the mite Varroa

Bee farms in Mauritius are now victims of the Varroa mite, a parasite. According to the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Agro-industry of the island, about 94% of the colonies are endangered.
In order to avoid spreading the entire territory, it is recommended for beekeepers to meet certain guidelines and identify the presence of mites. Producers must also regularly monitor their hives and report as soon as possible suspicious deaths of their bees to the competent authorities.
As a reminder, the Varroa (1.5 mm by 1 mm) insect revels in blood of bees at the larval or adult stage. To achieve its ends, the mite pierces the skin of its victims, and disseminates viruses that can distort the wings of bees. However in most cases, no apparent morphological signs of infection does reveal contamination of bees.


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