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Reply Shane
5:16 PM on January 23, 2013 
Hello everyone,
I wanted to share a technique I developed for dusting with powdered sugar.Powdered sugar works very well for removing phoredic mites.(Varroa) The problem is in its application. It can be messy and is difficult to coat all the bees in a double deep hive with sifters and hand pumps etc,
To make a long story short, I took a 2.5 gallon plastic bucket with an air tight lid and cut two holes in the sides close to the bottom of the bucket and opposite each other. I attached pvc fittings in to the holes and attached a hose to one of the pvc fittings and then to the output of a small cheap shop vac.
The other pvc fitting attaches to a hose and a make shift pvc wand, I fill the bucket a 1/4 full with powdered sugar, remove the telescoping and inner covers and blast my girls with an all consuming cloud of sugar. I do this when there is the least amount of brood..since so much sugar could possibly kill brood. It works great and is very easy and cheap to make.