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Grease Patties

Grease Patties

Grease Patties containing both wintergreen oil or tea tree oil and mineral salt appear to have an effect on varroa mites and tracheal mites. These effects can be seen when brood is present, and has a devastating effect on mites when brood is not present. However, grease patties with essential oils should not be used during time of honey collection for human consumption. During this time, grease patties without essential oils can be used to a lesser effect. For any noticeable effect, a grease patty of some form should be used at all times. Replace any consumed patties.
 

Simple Grease Patty

    1 part (by volume) solid vegetable shorting (such as Crisco)
    2 parts (by volume) white sugar

Mix sugar and shortening until well combined. Split into approximately quarter cup (~6 centiliters) portions and store excess in the freezer sandwiched between sheets of wax paper.

Grease Patty With Mineral Salt

    2 lbs solid vegetable shorting (such as Crisco)
    3 lbs white sugar
    1 lb 1:2 Syrup or High Fructose Corn Syrup or Clean Honey
    1/3 cup pulverized mineral salt (~1/5lb Depending on mineral content)

Prepare the same as you would a simple grease patty recipe.


Grease Patty With Mineral Salt and Essential Oils

    2 lbs solid vegetable shorting (such as Crisco)
    3 lbs white sugar
    1 lb 1:2 Syrup or High Fructose Corn Syrup or Clean Honey
    1/3 cup pulverized mineral salt (~1/5lb Depending on mineral content)
    3 table spoons wintergreen oil

Prepare the same as you would a simple grease patty recipe. Remember to wear gloves when handling wintergreen oil.


Extender Patty

If a grease patty contains terramycin, it is called an extender patty, and was once considered one of the best ways to control AFB. As resistance has been noted with this form of application it is no longer recommended. For your information, the recipe is here.

lb powdered sugar
lb solid vegetable shortening  (such as Crisco)
2 tablespoons Terramycin TM-25

This patty was used to eliminate three weekly dustings of powdered Terramycin. The danger is that keeping a low level of TM in the hive leads to resistance.

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