Report honey bee mite surveillance results

Use this form to report exotic mite surveillance activities to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Data collected through this form will be anonymised (personal data removed) before it is provided to Plant Health Australia and/or AUSPestCheck.

Your beekeeping brand ID, e.g. WA8, is issued upon registration with the department (it's a legal requirement for keeping honey bees in Western Australia).

To check if you are registered, the WA Brand and PIC Register can be searched by hive brand or beekeeper:

To register as a beekeeper in WA, visit our webpage, or call the department's Brands Office on 1300 926 547.

If you have conducted surveillance on multiple apiaries, please report the results from each apiary in a separate submission.
Enter '0' if you did not perform an alcohol/detergent wash.

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Enter '0' if you did not perform a sugar shake.

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Enter '0' if you did not perform drone uncapping.

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Adult female Varroa mites are oval, flat, red-brown coloured mites. They are approximately 1.1 mm long and 1.5 mm wide (slightly larger than a poppy seed). Tropilaelaps mites are also red-brown, but are smaller: around 1 mm long and 0.5-1 mm wide. If you find exotic mites during apiary surveillance activities, keep the sample and immediately call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

Visit to learn more about exotic honey bee mites.

All suspected cases of mites must be immediately reported.