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How to do a Powdered Sugar Shake

Here's a slideshow on how to do powdered sugar shakes to combat the Varroa mite:


  1. Very cool video! I use the same method, it is amazing and works!

  2. Anonymous10:50 PM

    Can't seem to see the slide show, me or is there a problem?

  3. I just tried it and it worked for me. I'm sorry you are having trouble. If you double click on the slide show, you should be able to watch it on Picasa instead of on the blog and that might work better.

  4. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Question about what type of powdered sugar to use. I had heard that starch is toxic to bees but all powdered sugars seem to have some starch in them. I attempted to grind and pulverize some pure sugar but that was very slow and unsuccessful.

    1. I'm curious about this as well. I'm unableto find powdered sugar without any starch in it. I've also been told that you can't make it from regular suger. Any one with guidance here?

    2. Anonymous4:49 PM

      My husband and I tried making powdered sugar from regular sugar a couple of times. Then, this past weekend we tried again. We used 1/2 cup of regular sugar in a very small grinder. It worked great. It looked exactly like powdered sugar and took only about 30 seconds. I think the problem is that it must be in a small blender.

    3. Anonymous4:51 PM


    4. Our apiary officer said to use 100% icing sugar as the starch is toxic to them. If you have a powerful grinder or food processor you can use white sugar and process until it turns into icing sugar :) We got a kit as part of our membership.

  5. Hi, there is no slideshow here.. Just blank green space. I've recently been given a hive and I'm new to beekeeping, this hive definitely has mites.

  6. Anonymous10:25 AM

    Why are there no real TBH comments or sections. I've read just about all on your site and I'd bet you'd be very good at TBH and we'd appreciate your insite should you deciede to increase your exposure to them.

  7. Hello,
    This post is quite interesting and useful. I came to know about sugar shake making...
    light brown sugar

  8. Anonymous9:16 PM

    Hi, Linda; Mitch in Greenville, NC. I've been warned by an old beekeeper to be careful about applying conf. sugar to a hive. Something about throwing off metabolism of the bees if used too much, and that just 1 "dosing" every now-and-then would be pointless. Have your results been different? Thx much ....


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