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Sucrose Octanoate... for Treatment of Honey Bees

Sucrose Octanoate is a synthetic sugar ester, also known as acyl sugars or polyol esters, they have started to become used as insecticides and they are being used against the varroa mite in the treatment of honey bees. are a relatively new class of insecticidal compounds. They are combinations of sugars and fatty acids. A paper by Gary Puterka et al. (2003)J. Econ. Entomol. 96(3):636-644 describes some tests that they ran with many related sugar esters. Sucrose octanoate, being sold by the Dadant & Sons beekeeping supply company, turned out to be the most effective against phytophagous mites. It has a detergent or soap like effect, so it was compared to M-Pede (equivalent to a 2X dose of Safer Soap). The sucrose octanoate won the contest. That ester already is used in human food preparation, so it is likely considered GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) around food. If you have the time and the patience, apparently spraying the chemical on combs of bees does a very good job of controlling exposed Varroa mites.

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