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Keep Your Mites in Check!
Varroa Mite Testing Kit Now Available! 

The UMN Bee Squad is excited to roll out this test kit, making it easier for beekeepers to monitor varroa mite levels in their colonies. Everything you need to perform a powered sugar roll test is in one convenient tub! 

Initially, we will be selling the kit on the UMN Saint Paul campus (see below) and at
Nature's Nectar in Stillwater, MN. Within a month, it will also be available online, and we'll ship you your mite kit anywhere in the nation. Thank you for your patience! 

Here are the details:

What is in the kit? 

-a tub for both collecting the bee sample and for displaying mites for final mite count.
-a scoop with a 100ml mark to help you collect 300 bees (standard sample size) 
- a jar with a mesh screen for separating the bees from the mites
-1lb of powdered sugar for the test
-a bottle for water to dissolve the sugar in order to see the mites clearly
-brochure with instructions
How can I buy the kit?
The kit will be for sale at all of the
UMN Bee Squad Mentoring Apiary Classes and an optional Test Kit Class is included with the purchase of a kit and will be offered on the following dates:
Saturday May 16th 11:30am-12:00pm 
Tuesday, May 19th 6:00pm-6:30pm 
Friday, May 22nd 3:30pm-4:00pm (buy a kit and stay for Bee Happy Hour for free)    
Saturday, May 23th 11:30am-12:00pm
Wednesday, May 27th 6:00pm-6:30pm     
Saturday, May 30th 11:30am-12:00pm

Please send us an email with your name and the date of the Test Kit Class you plan to attend.  Kits will be available for purchase a half an hour prior to class.

Kits may also be purchased at
Nature's Nectar in Stillwater, MN.

How much is it?
The Varroa Mite Testing Kit is $20.00. Proceeds will support MiteCheck, a beekeeper citizen science project.*
How can I pay for the kit?
Initially, the Bee Squad can only accept cash and checks (made out to the U of MN).  When online ordering is available (in June 2015) we will offer the option of paying by credit card.

*More to come!  Stay tuned for details about the MiteCheck Beekeeper Citizen Science Project that will be launched later this season.

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UMN Bee Squad Bulletin written by Becky Masterman and Bridget Mendel unless otherwise noted.  Edited by Marla Spivak, and Gary Reuter.

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