Treatment with Apivar lowers DWV titers and reduces honey bees’ susceptibility towards agricultural pesticides
The damaging effects of high varroa mite infestation and high prevalence of DWV (Deformed Wing Virus) on honey bee colony health are well known and continue to be a widely investigated subject.
Many of you are looking for tips to optimize the efficacy of your mite treatments, especially when facing a high mite load before treatment. Here you will learn a simple tip, validated by two field studies, allowing you to boost your Apivar treatment efficacy.
No need to introduce Apivar anymore! It is probably the most used registered miticide in the United States, and beekeepers have LOT of questions on specific cases or scenarios of use. As sometimes the label is not enough to answer all of them, Phil Craft, who addresses questions from North American beekeepers every day, has made a top ten of the most frequently asked questions that he usually receives.
Did you know that in Europe, the treatments to combat Varroa destructor are registered as veterinary medicines? For instance, the manufacturing of Apivar is strictly supervised by the European and national authorities.
1- According to Apivar labeling, there is no temperature constraint during the treatment application. However, the packs of Apivar should be stored in a cool, dry area, out of direct sunlight. Olmstead et al. – Apivar® and Bayvarol® suppress varroa mites in honey bee colonies in Canadian Maritime Provinces – J. Acad. Entomol. Soc. 15: 46-49 (2019)
2- Ensayo de eficacia Apivar (Campaña 2019) – Pinofranqueado (Cáceres) – EUROMIEL
3–Testapi – Rapport d’étude 302-2017 (GLP Study)
4- Testapi – Rapport d’étude 353-2018 (GLP Study)
5- Regional study report “Pertes hivernales 2010-2020 en Alsace”. Chamber of Agriculture of the Alsace Region Ballis A. – May 2020