Here is a link to a video that shows how to use powdered sugar to dust a colony for varroa mite control.

Some equipment needed

Powdered Sugar, 3/4 cup per medium super, 1 cup per deep super
Window screen or flour shifter
Measuring cup
Brush
Usual hive inspection equipment

NOTES:

Colony must be on a screened bottom board

Current technique is to not break colonies apart but apply appropriate amount of sugar through top super

Notice in video that I forgot to brush sugar off the frame top bars. You need to get the sugar down between the frames!


 

 

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NewBees Corner

 

Information listed here is for the new beekeepers looking for new information and guidance on beekeeping and beekeeping chores:

 

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Watching the 10 day weather forecasts? Spring is upon us! The maples are blooming, that purple stuff is coming up all over my yard, the bees are bring in pollen and surely some nectar. The 15 day forecast has the daytime temps in the 50's, 60's and even 70's and more importantly the nighttime temps are in the 40's and 50's. Those colonies are going to start building up. Time to get busy. Two hive manipulations to consider in these next couple of weeks are "Opening the Broodnest" and/or "Rotating Hive Bodies". If opening/expanding the brood nest I would caution to start slowly here in March but become familiar with the technique and get more agressive in April and May. Another thing to consider is adding supers at this time. A good discussion of adding supers early is given by Walt Wright in "Nectar Management 101". Here we go!

 

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