WHAT IS SUGAR SHAKING?
It’s a surveillance method to detect external parasites such as Varroa, Tropilaelaps mites and Braula fly. It is quick and simple – and does not kill the bees being sampled. The process of shaking bees in fine sugar dislodges the parasites’ so they can be collected and examined.
To find out more including instructions on making your own sugar shake test jar, go to the ABA site sugar shake page.