Varroa Sugar Roll Kit

Everything you need to check for varroa mites using the sugar roll method.

  • Item Code: VTK
  • 21.95 USD$21.95

Varroa Destructor Mites (an external parasite) weaken honey bees and can lead to the demise of your hive if left untreated. Check your bees with the sugar roll method, an easy, bee safe test that lets you see where you stand.

How to Do the Sugar Roll/Shake Test:

  1. Shake a frame from the edge of the brood nest into a plastic dish pan. Be careful not to shake the queen.
  2. Scoop 300 bees (1/2 cup) from the brood frame into a wide mouth mason jar.
  3. Cap with cover fitted with 1/8 inch hardware cloth (included in kit)
  4. Add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  5. Roll the jar gently for exactly one minute, set in the shade for exactly two minutes, and shake vigorously over a light colored surface or bowl for exactly one minute (the back of your dishpan works well)
  6. Spray sugar and mites with water to dissolve sugar and make the mites easier to see
  7. Count mites. Infection rate is the number counted divided by 3
  8. Pour the bees back into their hive

Kit Includes:

  • Spray bottle
  • 1 lb of confectioners sugar
  • Mason jar
  • Screened lid
  • Plastic dishpan
  • Styrofoam plate

Learn All About How to Do a Sugar Roll Test, With Visual Aids Walking You Through The Steps: Complete Instructions With Visuals: Learn the thresholds to keep an eye on to decide whether to treat.

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