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Varroa mites are honey bees most serious pest. They are responsible for the largest percentage of colony losses each year due to the viruses they transmit. The Honey Bee Health Coalition is one of the best resources to use for understanding how to deal with varroa mites. Their website contains a wealth of good information about improving and maintain honey bee's health. Visit them at: http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/
Be sure and download a copy of their latest Varroa Management Guide found under "How We Help Bees." Look for Varroa Management. They have excellent videos on how to test for varroa mite infestation levels and how to apply various treatments.
Beekeeping & Honey Labeling 101
Great information about proper labeling! Follow this link:
Here are the current State of Virginia requirements:
Plant Virginia Natives Initiative has a website devoted entirely to guides and campaigns for planting natives in the various regions around the state. Full color guides are available for download for each region. Visit https://www.plantvirginianatives.org/
Local sources for native plants include:
Colesville Nursery Inc.
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