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« on: August 31, 2006, 08:30:22 PM »
OK, where can I find it without the starch  :?:

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2006, 01:09:31 AM »
The strach helps keep the wings pressed. :)
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2006, 09:10:23 AM »
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The strach helps keep the wings pressed. :)


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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 12:38:37 AM »
I would also like to hear about a good source for this...
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2006, 09:31:10 PM »
If you're dusting for Varroa, don't worry about the starch.  Flour will do.  Powdered sugar seems to work a little better.  If you really need powdered sugar without starch, you can put it in the blender.  If you want fine sugar, but not really powdered exactly, you can buy the "beekeepers best" sugar from Mann Lake.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2006, 01:59:32 PM »
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If you're dusting for Varroa, don't worry about the starch.  Flour will do.  Powdered sugar seems to work a little better.  If you really need powdered sugar without starch, you can put it in the blender.  If you want fine sugar, but not really powdered exactly, you can buy the "beekeepers best" sugar from Mann Lake.


I want to dust the the mites off the workers by dusting between the frames, I got the impression that starch in powdered sugar was a danger to the bees and the amount of starch is not stated on the food label. So are we OK to use confectioners sugar with starch. :?:

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2006, 09:37:21 PM »
>So are we OK to use confectioners sugar with starch. Question

I have no personal experience with using powdered sugar on mites except for the sugar shake method of detection.  But all the people I know of who do it use regular powdered sugar and say there is no problem.
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2006, 01:09:00 AM »
The starch, being a powder also works to dislodge the mites, just like any consumable fine powder would, even flour as noted in an earlier post.
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2006, 06:13:12 AM »
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The starch, being a powder also works to dislodge the mites, just like any consumable fine powder would, even flour as noted in an earlier post.


Thanks  :D

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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2006, 08:58:53 AM »
I have 2 1lb boxes of powerdered sugar sitting here in front of me

one lists ingredients as sugar,cornstarch  C&H confectioners powdered sugar
the other lists ingredients as 97% sugar, 3% cornstarch (added to prevent caking) Imperial 10X confectioners powdered.

I use the one that tells me how much is in it,  the 3% one...I have yet to find one that dosen't have cornstarch listed as an ingredient.

I know one beek that uses powered sugar, garlic powder and Coumaphos, all mixed togather in equal parts....thats scary...not gonna eat any of his honey

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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2006, 03:09:59 PM »
If you want it without starch, you need "bakers" sugar or "drivert" sugar.  You might find it at a baking supply.  You can buy it from Mann Lake.  You can make small batches with regular sugar in a blender.
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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2006, 03:34:14 PM »
why don't you grind normal sugar?? works the same

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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2006, 04:09:10 PM »
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why don't you grind normal sugar?? works the same



I don't have a .................blender.  :oops:

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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2006, 09:06:12 PM »

use a coffee grinder to grind regular sugar - it works great.