Grease patties are intended to ward off tracheal mites in bees. It’s an easy, non-chemical solution that the bees enjoy, so why not? You can feed these year round, but they’re ideally fed in spring and summer.
Here’s the recipe I used…
3 cups granulated sugar
1-1/4 cups Vegetable Shortening (Crisco)
- Using a spoon or fork, combine sugar and shortening in a large bowl and mix until it resembles course crumbs.
- Dig in with your hands and work into a dough.
- Form patties the size of hamburgers.
- Place one patty at top of each hive. Can place on top bars, or with feeders above inner cover. Replace patties as needed.
Makes 10 patties (~ 4 inch diameter)
You can place each patty on a piece of wax paper and place on the top bars, just as you would feed pollen patties. But since I’m still feeding syrup, I placed the patties up top with the feeders on pieces of cardboard.
Leftover patties were wrapped and placed in the freezer for later. Thaw patties completely before placing in the hives.