Varroa Mite

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Australian Plants Online has received this notice from the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries regarding the varroa mite :

“We want to help beekeepers maintain healthy beehives given the recent detection of Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) in NSW and the national biosecurity response underway.

It’s important recreational beekeepers regularly check their hives for pests and diseases and know who to contact if they notice something sinister. This will not only keep their bee colony happy but will also protect Australia’s commercial bee industry.

Keeping varroa mite out of Queensland

To ensure Queensland’s valuable honeybee industry and recreational beekeepers remain free from the threat of varroa mite, a new Movement Control Order means there will be no movement of bees or bee hives into Queensland from anywhere in Australia without a permit.

Biosecurity Queensland Chief Plant Health Manager Mike Ashton said anybody wanting to bring bees or bee hives into Queensland, including returning bees that originated here, would need to apply for a permit prior to entry.

Permits can be obtained here :

Apply for a biosecurity instrument permit | Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland (

“Processed honey or processed beeswax, new or unused apiary appliances, and quarantine secured diagnostic honey sample for testing at a recognised diagnostic facility can continue to enter Queensland without restriction,” he said.

“It’s important we continue to protect Queensland bees, which in turn will also help protect the long-term future of pollination reliant industries.”

Check hives and report results

Beekeepers should continue to monitor their hives and report unexpected hive deaths, deformed bees, parasites, poor brood patterns and dead brood to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or report the results using the Bee 123 - Surveillance ( online form.

If you suspect you have varroa mite:

• Take a photo. Place the mite (legs down, or legs up) on the tip of a cotton bud against a white background.

• Save the sample. Place the mite in a sealable container in the freezer

• Report it by calling 13 25 23.

• The Bee 123 online form is available through the Survey 123 app on the Apple App Store, Business QLD website and DAF ehub.

• Use the new QR Code:

Varroa mite QR code

Apiarists who suspect a case of varroa mite should immediately call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or email

Detailed information on how to check hives and report results can be found at and

Follow Biosecurity Queensland on Facebook and Instagram (@BiosecurityQld) and Twitter (@DAFQld)

DAF’s Bee Biosecurity Officer can provide more information on beekeeping and biosecurity”

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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Level 3, 41 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

GPO Box 46, Brisbane QLD 4001