Prevention and control program for varroa mite

The Prevention and Control Program for varroa mite (Varroa Jacobsoni) has been authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

The Prevention and Control Program acts in conjunction with the Surveillance Program for varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni) under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and the two programs afford authorised officers the necessary legal powers to achieve the objectives of the National Varroa Mite Eradication Program.

Biosecurity matter

The biosecurity matter to which the biosecurity program relates is varroa mite (Varroa Jacobsoni).

Purpose and scope

The objectives of the Prevention and Control Program are to:

  • prevent further spread of varroa mite in AHB
  • minimise the risk of establishment of varroa mite in EHB
  • eradicate varroa mite from Queensland.

The Prevention and Control Program directs activities targeted at eradicating and containing the varroa mite. This includes destruction, sampling and testing of:

  • Asian honey bee (AHB; Apis cerana), which is a confirmed host of V. jacobsoni within the area of the Prevention and Control Program; and
  • European honey bee (EHB; A. mellifera), which is a terminal host of V. jacobsoni, however there have been reports of varroa mite becoming competent on EHB following exposure in other locations.

Commencement and duration

The Prevention and Control Program started on 24 October 2016 and was updated on 29 December 2016. It will continue until 31 August 2019. The duration of the program is considered to be reasonably necessary to achieve the Program’s purpose.

Access to biosecurity program

A copy of the biosecurity program for the prevention and control of varroa mite (Varroa Jacobsoni) (PDF, 3.6MB) is available for inspection at all Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offices.

A free copy can be provided on request by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.