Last Spring, we observed a significant mite drop within the first three days after installing our package bees in the apiaries at PSU. These observations suggest that the simple action of installing packages can effectively reduce varroa mites in newly established colonies. Our hypothesis is that when package bees are sprayed with sugar syrup, they tend to increase grooming, and as a result remove a large proportion of the mites that they came with. We are conducting a citizen science project to investigate the role of sugar syrup in reducing mite numbers after package installations. We are hoping to recruit beekeepers to test our hypothesis this coming April.