This package of Api-Bioxal is an oxalic acid Varroa destructor mite treatment developed specifically for honey bees. It is officially registered by the USDA and approved by the EPA, meaning that it has been proven to not harm consumers or the environment.
Api-Bioxal can be applied either via the dribble or vaporization/sublimation method. You can also spray package bees following the instructions on the Api-Bioxal label.
The 35g package can treat 20 colonies using the dribble method and 35 colonies using the vaporization/sublimation method.
The 175g package can treat 100 colonies using the dribble method and 175 colonies using the vaporization/sublimation method.
Instructions for the dribbling method:
- Dissolve oxalic acid in 1:1 sugar syrup. The recommended ratio is 35g dissolved into 1L of sugar syrup.
- Dribble 5ml of the syrup/oxalic solution onto the bees in each occupied bee space with a syringe or an applicator.
- Maximum dose: 50ml per colony.
Instructions for the vaporization/sublimation method:
- Seal the entrance and cracks of the hives with tape.
- Use the vaporizer following the manufacturer’s directions.
- Use only 1g of Api-Bioxal per hive.
Treating against varroa is necessary to keep honey bee colonies healthy and strong. However, treatment is not recommended unless you know that your varroa mite count is in excess of the treatment threshold.
Quick facts and tips about Api-Bioxal:
- Oxalic acid works best on colonies with little to no brood.
- Do not treat during honey flows and wait 14 days after treatment to add honey supers.
- Always wear a protective mask, gloves, glasses, and long sleeves when mixing and applying oxalic acid.
- Do not perform multiple treatments on each generation of summer or winter bees.
- Treat all colonies in the apiary at the same time to avoid reinfestation.
Warning: Use protective mask, gloves, and glasses, and long sleeves when mixing and applying oxalic acid.
Api-Bioxal has a 5-year shelf life.