THE EFFECT OF CONFECTIONERS SUGAR ON VARROA DESTRUCTOR
The procedure of this experiment was to build an indoor observation hive at the beginning of autumn with an existing varroa mite infestation and the bees were allowed to establish a colony while being fed sugar water. A screened sticky bottom board was created and phoretic mites that dropped from the hive were counted every three days in a pre-intervention trial as a control. An intervention trial was conducted with five sugar treatments of specific sugar amounts applied with a leaf blower apparatus into the hive. A post-intervention trial was run to calculate post-infestation levels which experienced a 79% mite population reduction. In the intervention phase there was a trend in which the mite counts would increase with the application of sugar then fall down until the next treatment. Confectioners sugar was found to be a partially effective form of mite control that is more sustainable and safer than chemical methods.