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A strategy for using powdered sugar to reduce varroa populations in honey bee colonies

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 44 (2) pp. 54 - 57
DOI 10.3896/
Date July 2005
   
Article Title A strategy for using powdered sugar to reduce varroa populations in honey bee colonies
Author(s) Nicholas P Aliano and Marion D Ellis
Abstract We developed a technique to remove varroa (Varroa destructor) from adult honey bees (Apis mellifera) using powdered sugar. Our technique requires isolating a colony’s adult bee population in a detachable box prior to powdered sugar application. We designed a detachable ‘bee box’ that connects to the colony’s entrance and is capable of holding the adult bee population. By applying a bee repellent, Bee Go, to a colony, we forced adult bees into the bee box where they were subsequently dusted with 225 g powdered sugar. Adult honey bee populations treated in this manner dropped 76.7 ± 3.6% (n = 28) of their mites.
Keywords Apis mellifera, honey bees, Varroa destructor, parasitic mites, control methods, powdered sugar, dust
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