Uses the sugar roll method, including everything you need to check for varroa mites.
The Varroa Destructor Mite can greatly weaken colonies, potentially leading to their demise if left untreated. This sugar roll kit is an easy, bee-safe option to obtain a mite count, helping you understand the status of your colonies.
Shake a frame from the edge of the brood nest into a plastic dish pan. Be careful not to shake the queen
Scoop 300 bees (about 1/2 cup) into a wide-mouth mason jar
Cap with 1/8 inch hardware cloth
Add 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
Roll the jar gently for about a minute
Set in the shade for exactly two minutes
Shake vigorously over a light-colored surface or bowl for exactly one minute
Spray with water to dissolve sugar and show presence of mites
Count mites. The infection rate is the number counted divided by 3.