So, as I haver been telling everyone who will listen, I am planning to trial biological control of varroa on my bees this coming year.
‘Hypoaspis miles’, also known as ‘Stratiolaelaps scimitus’, are a mite found in leaf litter naturally. They have been readily used for a number of years in controlling parasites on other ‘pets’ including rats, tarantulas, snakes and snails (and recently red mite control with chickens), also in controlling pests on crops such as strawberries.
Their use has been recognised in conjunction with controlling varroa since at least 2008 that I have found. They have also be successfully tested at Buckfast abbey and in conjunction with Devon BKA.
They do not predate on bees, larvae or eggs, and their numbers die out naturally when they run out of food (aka the varroa mites).
Anyway enough of me, here is a link to a video all about them, including more details and real world trials on bee hives. Enjoy…