Sugar Roll Kit

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.

Kit Includes:

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