The following article, by Randy Oliver, written 1.5 years ago, with many updates since, will give to You a basic overview of just what we are up against with this Varroa Destructor Mite!
Legend has it that King Sisyphus was condemned to the maddening task of being forced each day to roll a huge boulder to the top of a hill, only to watch it roll back down again, and then to repeat this for eternity. Sisyphus was being punished for having the hubris to think that he was more clever than the gods.
In modern times, we beekeepers are cursed with the maddening task of killing varroa mites, only to see them build up again before the season’s end. Perhaps we are being punished for having the hubris to think that we are cleverer than Mother Nature.
A Fusillade of Parasites
Varroa destructor began its invasion of the honey bee population of North America in the late 1980s, midway in a calamitous fusillade of inadvertent parasite introductions.
The Varroa Problem Part 1 – first in American Beekeeping Journal (ABJ), Nov. 2016