Varroa Guide

There are a lot of different treatment options out there. Although there is no perfect solution, we have set up a guide to give you a way to isolate what treatments may suit you best. 

Bayvarol (flumethrin)

Synthetic Control Synthetic Control which can be used in most temperature ranges and most seasons. Alternate with at least 1 treatment and do not apply after using tau-fluvalinate. Please check the manufacturers recommended dosing and application method before use.

Apivar (amitraz)

Synthetic treatment which can be used in most temperature ranges in spring and autumn. Alternate with at least 1 treatment. See instruction manual for appropriate usage guidelines.

Apistan (tau-fluvalinate)

Synthetic control that can be used in temperatures above 10°C in autumn and spring. Alternate with at least 1 treatment and do not apply after using tau-fluvalinate. See instruction manual for appropriate usage guidelines.

ApiGuard (thymol)

Organic formulation using Thymol, it can be used in autumn and summer. Monitoring mite levels after treatment is essential, check the manufactures guide before use.

Thymol (crystals)

Organic intervention suitable for use in spring and autumn when temperatures are over 10°C. There are different ways to apply.

ApilifeVar (thymol)

Organic formulation using Thymol, it can be used at the end of summer when monitoring mite levels, follow the manufactures guide before use.

Thymovar (thymol)

Organic formulation using Thymol, it can be used in spring, summer, and autumn in temperatures over 15°C .Ensure mite levels are monitored after use, consult manufactures guide before use.

MAQS+ (formic acid)

Organic formulation suitable for use in spring and autumn. Temperature suited to 10-30°C. Refer to manual for application and usage guide.

FGMO

Food grade mineral oil. It can be used at temperatures over 15°C, requires monitoring of mite levels. Check the manufactures guide before use.

Formic Acid (liquid)

Organic treatment which can be used in most temperature ranges in spring and autumn. See instruction manual for appropriate usage guidelines. Take caution when handling formic acid.

Oxalic Acid

Organic control that can be used in most temperatures during autumn and spring. May also be used in winter when there is no brood. See instruction manual for appropriate usage guidelines.

Oxalic acid vaporiser

Used in most temperature ranges in winter and autumn. See the user manual for instruction on dosing and application frequency.

Sugar Dusting

Non-chemical method to encourage mite drop, not to be used to treat high levels of infestation.

Drone frame trapping

Non-chemical method using drone cells to bait varroa then be discarded or frozen to reduce the parasite population.

Resistance

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