Apiguard® is a natural treatment to control varroa mite populations in honeybee colonies. A boon for beekeeping. Apiguard® is a sophisticated, patented, slow-release gel that ensures correct dosage of its active ingredient, thymol. Thymol is a naturally occurring substance derived from the herb thyme.
Reasons to use Apiguard®:
- Natural product
- Very easy to apply
- High efficiency against three types of hive pest: varroa mites, trachael mites / Acarine and chalkbrood
- Use against varroa mites resistant to pyrethroids
- No withdrawal time
- No risk to users
- Ideal in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs
What makes Apiguard® effective: Once in place, vapor from the Apiguard® gel is given off. Unlike some other formulations and raw crystals, the release from the gel works steadily and does not disturb the bees unduly.
Worker bees climb into the Apiguard® tray, remove the gel as a hive-cleaning behaviour and distribute it throughout the colony. The gel sticks to the bees’ body hairs and, as the bees move through the hive, particles are left throughout the hive. The worker eventually throws out the gel it is carrying, but the traces remain until they too are removed later.
Apiguard® trials in more than 600 honeybee colonies in 10 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North America have shown it to be a very effective, easy-to-use treatment. Under normal conditions it gives an average efficacy of 93%. Often the control levels are higher and sometimes a little lower.