Sugar shaking bees to detect external parasites


Sugar shaking bees is a method used to detect external parasites, such as varroa mites, tropilaelaps mites and braula fly, on honey bees. It is a quick and easy field method that does not kill the bees, and removes 70% to 90% of varroa present on adult honey bees.

This Primefact includes information on how the sugar shaking method works, selecting a hive for testing, the equipment required, the procedure, and instructions on what you need to do should you detect or suspect the presence of varroa mite.


Primefact 153 Second Edition

Published: 01 Mar 2018