Collect and preserve bee samples for Varroa mite or Nosema test.
- Select a frame from the brood chamber of a live colony. If possible, the frame should contain some capped and uncapped brood.
- Shake live bees from the frame into a container such as a wash basin or bucket.
- Using a ½ measuring cup, scoop a level cup (~300 bees) into a clean container filled with either 70% isopropyl alcohol or windshield wiper fluid.
- Plastic containers can be provided by the Vermont Bee Lab upon request. Additional containers are located in the drop off box at the University of Vermont Horticultural Farm (please take no more than 5 at a time). Mason or recycled jars are acceptable to use as long as they are clean.
- Label all sample containers with hive ID, collection date, apiary name, beekeeper name (Note: permanent marker may rub off with alcohol.)
Fill out the sample submission form.
- Fill out a sample submission form BEFORE shipping or deliver samples to the Bee Lab.
- You can either fill out the online sample form or the printed PDF form.
- If using the printed PDF, enclose this form with your samples in a bag upon delivery or shipment.
- You may hand deliver samples along with printed forms to the Bee Lab Drop off Box. The dropbox is located in front of the Hort Farm Gate in a white box at this address:
UVM Horticulture Farm
65 Green Mountains Dr.
South Burlington, VT
- You may send samples to the lab through the USPS. Due to the inclusion of alcohol in the samples, USPS Retail Ground, Parcel Select or Parcel Select Lightweight. Send properly sealed and labeled containers along with appropriate paperwork to the lab at:
Vermont Bee Lab
Jeffords Building, Room 220
63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT
- Once your samples are processed, you will receive a report of results via email from our team.
More details can be found in the FAQs section and sample collection tutorial video