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« on: September 22, 2013, 12:02:43 PM »

Take 1- 2 dl of bees from the brood nest and put them in a jar with a mesh lid on that is Small enough to keep the bees in and big enough so that the mites can fall out.

Take a few spoons of dry icing powder and put into the jar of bees and shake well so all the bees are covered in the icing sugar and are White.

After a few minutes shake the jar vigorously.

The sugar covered bees start to clean themselves, also it cogs the mites feet so they cant walk and grip on to the bees.

Shake the icing sugar into a fine mesh sieve, then wash the sugar away with water and you will bee left with the Varroa mite that were on the bees.

This method i also used to determen apistan resistance in mites : put some bees in a jar with a piece of apistan for 24hrs, shake out the dead mites Count them, then do the sugar treatment and Count the dead mite to determen if they are resistant to the apistan or other mite treatments.


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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 01:34:17 PM »

Here is a youtube film (in German) but you can get a good idea what and how to do it

Varroa Befallskontrolle mit Puderzucker



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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2014, 06:45:46 PM »

If you want to see a varroa mite get a taste of his own medicine evil

Varroa unter Kontrolle - Beenature-Project


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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2014, 12:27:34 PM »

I do a sugar roll in much the same way.  I like to put the sugar I collect after shaking the bees in a zip lock sandwich bag and add a little water.  The wet sugar turns opaque and the mites are clearly visible and countable in the baggie.

I use two jars with the screened lids and after collecting and rolling the bees, I place the jar and bees in the shade and go on to the next hive.  When the bees are collected and sugar tolled and coated, I set that jar in the shade and go back and collect the sugar from the first jar.  Repeat as you go   
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014, 09:45:24 PM »

If you want to see a varroa mite get a taste of his own medicine evil

Varroa unter Kontrolle - Beenature-Project

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That was great. What kind of bug is this?
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2014, 07:46:53 PM »

Cool video.  I'll use this method to keep an eye on mite population....  When I get some bees that is.  Thanks
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014, 12:11:49 AM »

That was great. What kind of bug is this?

In Sweden we call it a book scorpion, they like living amongst paper. they used to bee a commom dweller in beehives amongst 30 to 40 other different kind of bugs and insects that some times lived along side the bees.

Chelifer cancroides  its name in Latin

"A pseudoscorpion, (also known as a false scorpion or book scorpion), is an arachnid belonging to the order Pseudoscorpionida, also known as Pseudoscorpiones or Chelonethida.

Pseudoscorpions are generally beneficial to humans since they prey on clothes moth larvae, carpet beetle larvae, booklice, ants, mites, and small flies. They are small and inoffensive, and are rarely seen due to their size.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2014, 07:03:47 PM »

It reminded me of a scorpion. Very freaky looking insect. It moves almost like a machine.
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2014, 06:34:35 PM »

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that bug sure can play the fiddle
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 07:03:15 PM »

Crazy German lady, I never understand why people don't use a veil!

A bee sting in the eye!!! NOO!

Cool video and great idea.

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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2014, 06:46:50 PM »

I dump them onto a white paper in the sun.  They look like popcorn bouncing around.
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