rigid Apivar® strips release just the right amount of active
substance where it is needed, when it is needed.
The manufacturing process used to produce these
strips guarantees that just the right amount of
active miticide, Amitraz, is released when and where
it is needed. Slow-release Apivar®
treatment contains just the right amount of
product to eliminate varroa mites without any risk
of toxicity for the bees or any danger of residues
accumulating in hive products. The active
substance is released simply when the bees come into
contact with the strip.
mites but safe for your beeswax, queens and
respectful for your hive products.
leaves the bee, honey and wax and all other
hive-derived products unaffected.
Studies have proven that under normal conditions and
use Apivar® is harmless for the bee and
for all products made in the hive.
Investigations designed to detect residues of active
substance in honey, wax, propolis and pollen have
shown that you may harvest these products
immediately after the end of the treatment period,
no withdrawal time being necessary.
Thanks to the progressive and
measured release of the active substance from the
formulation, your hive is healthy and its
products are free from contamination.
Moreover after successive Apivar®
treatments for several years, no accumulation
of Amitraz residues can be noticed even in wax.
cycle of the varroa mite in the worker bee brood
by the queen
10 - 11 days after laying
cell is open
The female varroa mite lays an egg every
30 hours: the first is a male and the following
8 days after
laying (5 bee larva steps further)
12 - 20 days after laying
A fecundated female varroa mite
The female varroa mite goes on laying an egg
enters the cell 15 hours before
every 30 hours. As soon as sexual maturity
is reached (5-6 days). Females are fecund-
ated by the male in the cell.
9 days after
21 days after laying
The cell is sealed with wax cap,
The young bee leaves the cell but is carrying
the fecundated female varroa mite
2 female fecundated varroa mites. The
enclosed within the cell feeds on
immature varroa mites and the male remain
haemolymph from the larva.
within the cell.