In this video we show you How to do a Sugar Shake Mite Count, using a sugar shake jar and icing or powdered sugar. Monitoring your Varroa mites levels is very important to ensure you know if things are getting out of hand in your colonies and if you need to take some form of action or treatment.
Went along to the Auckland bee club today. Had a great time catching up with everyone. Today’s topics were:- Preparation for Harvest and methods of taking honey off Drone Layers Sugar Shake Demonstration Got some great ideas about a decapping tank and enjoyed Olivia’s talk about bee keeping without killing your back. I am going[…]Read More
We put in some Apistan strips in Honey 1 today. We are going to look into using the sugar shake method over summer, but the mite count is high enough that we did need to treat them. Not keen on using the chemicals but there is a lot of mites in the hive. We also[…]Read More
Powdered sugar shake – How to do a Powdered sugar shake to check the count of varroa mites living in your bee colony. A Step by step guide with thresholds.
A great article about Screened Bottom Boards and the Sugar Shake method by the guys at Country Rubes Farm. Be aware the dates are based on the American Seasons so adjust for New Zealand. Country Rubes Screened Bottom Boards.
Tray placed 17 Feb 2011 18:00 (0 mites) Tray Checked 18 Feb 2011 18:00 (59 mites) =59/24 (Hours) = 2.46 per hour or 59/1 (Days) = 59.00 mites per day Checking the Mite count after the Sugar Shake over the weekend, keen to see if its made any difference to the mites. I have heard[…]Read More
Question from our readers Rocky write:- Hi guys: Happy New Year!!! I’ve just placed a testing board for 24 hours, to know what’s going on in my hive. No surprises but a few varroa. 2 still kicking. 9 in total as photo shows. What would be the next step? Any advice would be great. Cheers[…]Read More