The origin of Varroa

The origin of Varroa destructor is uncertain, but it is believed to come from Southeast Asia. More specifically, it is thought that the parasite originates from the Himalayan region, where it was first found on bees of the species Apis cerana, an Asian bee species resistant to the parasite.

The parasite was first identified in 1904 by Japanese entomologist K. Watanabe on Apis cerana bees in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. However, it was not until the 1960s that Varroa destructor was identified as a threat to European honey bees (Apis mellifera).

Since then, Varroa destructor has spread throughout the world, probably due to international trade in bees and bee products. Today, the parasite is present in almost all countries where honey bees are kept, making it a major threat to the health of bee colonies and to beekeeping production.

The biology of Varroa destructor

Varroa destructor is a reddish-brown mite, measuring about 1.5 mm long. Females are larger than males and have a round, flat body. Males have a more elongated and slender body. Both sexes have eight legs and are covered with hairs.

The life cycle of Varroa destructor

The life cycle of Varroa destructor is closely linked to that of the host bee. Female Varroa enter the cells of bee brood just before they are capped. Once inside, the female Varroa feeds on the hemolymph of the bee larva and lays eggs on the walls of the cell. The eggs hatch into larvae, which also feed on the hemolymph of the bee larva. The Varroa larvae then transform into nymphs and then into adults. Male Varroa die after mating with females, while females leave the cell with the emerging adult bee.

Honey bees are particularly vulnerable to Varroa destructor because they have not developed natural resistance to the parasite, unlike some Asian bee species. The parasite feeds on the hemolymph of bees, weakening their immune system and making them more vulnerable to disease. In addition, Varroa destructor can also transmit viruses to bees, which can lead to a decrease in the population of the colony.

How to fight Varroa destructor?

There are several methods to fight Varroa destructor, including the use of acaricidal treatments, the selection of bees resistant to the parasite, and the practice of environmentally friendly beekeeping. But the most important treatment is the Stop Varroa Treatment.

The Stop Varroa Treatment

The Stop Varroa Treatment is the only treatment that eliminates 100% of varroas, making it an ideal solution for beekeepers concerned about the health of their bee colonies. It is also organic and can be used in organic beekeeping, which means it is safe for bees and does not poison honey. In addition, the Stop Varroa Treatment is easy to use. To apply it, simply lift the frames one by one and spray both sides with the treatment. The varroa colony will be completely destroyed within 24 hours, ensuring a 100% success rate. In short, the Stop Varroa Treatment is an effective, safe and easy-to-use solution to eliminate varroas and protect bee colonies.

Advantage of Stop Varroa:

  • Eradicates varroa in 24 hours.
  • Suitable for organic beekeeping. Our treatment is safe for your bees.
  • The only treatment that guarantees a 100% success rate. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
  • Easy application directly on both sides of the frame using a sprayer.
  • Can be applied all year round, in all weather conditions and temperatures.
  • Economical: 1 liter can treat 20 hives.
  • Long-lasting: the treatment provides protection against varroa for one year.


Varroa destructor is a formidable parasite of honey bees, originating from Southeast Asia. Its life cycle is closely linked to that of the host bee, making it difficult to control. However, by using appropriate control methods and practicing environmentally friendly beekeeping, it is possible to protect bees and maintain healthy colonies.