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The 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.

Toxic for mites but safe for your beeswax, queens and respectful for your hive products.
Apivar 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 unique Apivar 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.

Reproductive cycle of the varroa mite in the worker bee brood cell

  Egg laid by the queen                                          10 - 11 days after laying
   The brood cell is open                                             The female varroa mite lays an egg every
                                                                                30 hours: the first is a male and the following
                                                                                are females.

  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
  its capping.                                                               is reached (5-6 days).  Females are fecund-
                                                                                  ated by the male in the cell.

  9 days after laying                                                  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.