Re: How long does a mite live?
Here is the original quote that Aroc was referring to in his comment ...
The phoretic period may last 4.5 to 11 days when brood is present in the hive or as long as five to six months during the winter when no brood is present in the hive. Consequently, female mites living when brood is present in the colony have an average life expectancy of 27 days, yet in the absence of brood, they may live for many months.
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft