Bee Health

APIGUARD

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Why use Apiguard?

  • Apiguard is an organic, near-natural treatment with proven excellent efficacy against Varroa
  • Easy to use, safe, leaves no detectable residues
  • Encourages hygienic behaviour of the honeybee - preventing a number of other problems
  • Multiple site action means resistance is unlikely to occur
  • A natural rotational partner for Apistan as part of an Integrated Pest Management approach
  • Apiguard is suitable for use in Organic Farming

When to use Apiguard

Apiguard is most effective when used in summer, as soon as possible after harvesting, when the average daytime temperature is at least 15°C (60°F).

    How to use Apiguard

    50g tray

    • Open an Apiguard tray.
    • Put the tray on top of the brood frames, ensure there is at least 5 mm of space above the tray so that the bees can access the product and close the hive.
    • Add a second tray after two weeks following the above procedure.
    • Leave in place for a further four weeks for a total treatment period of six weeks.
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    25 g Sachet - 2 x 25 g Treatment (temp above 30°C / 86°F)

    • Open the hive and place the supplied dosing tray centrally on top of the brood frames.
    • Squeeze the contents of the sachet onto the shiny side of the dosing tray, spreading the gel to an even thickness and ensuring a free space of at least 5 mm on top of the gel layer before closing the hive.
    • After one week apply the second dose of 25 g of gel, following the same procedure.
    • Leave the product in the colony for a further three to four weeks until it totally disappears from the tray, or until supers are installed, whichever is the sooner. A 30-day total treatment is required as a minimum. Under cool conditions, the treatment period may need to be extended to six weeks.
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    25 g Sachet - 3 x 25 g Treatment (temp above 25°C / 77°F).

    • Open the hive and place the supplied dosing tray centrally on top of the brood frames.
    • Squeeze the contents of the sachet onto the shiny side of the dosing tray, spreading the gel to an even thickness and ensuring a free space of at least 5 mm on top of the gel layer before closing the hive.
    • After one week apply the second dose of 25 g of gel, following the same procedure.
    • After a further one week apply the third dose of 25 g of gel, following the same procedure.
    • Leave the product in the colony for a further three to four weeks until it totally disappears from the tray, or until supers are installed, whichever is the sooner. A 30-day total treatment is required as a minimum. Under cool conditions, the treatment period may need to be extended to six weeks.

        3kg tub

    • Open the hive and place the supplied dosing tray centrally on top of the brood frames.
    • Place a levelled scoop (provided) of gel onto the shiny side of the dosing tray, spreading the gel to an even thickness and ensuring a free space of at least 5 mm on top of the gel layer before closing the hive.
    • After two week apply the second dose of 50 g of gel, following the same procedure.
    • Leave in place for a further four weeks for a total treatment period of six weeks.
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       Advice & Tips for use

    • Make sure the worker bees can access the tray. In some hives, a space has to be provided over the tray, for example, by using an eke, an upside down hive cover or feeder or an empty super Leave the trays in the hive until all the gel disappears
    • Check for changes in the colony: sometimes another off-season treatment is needed
    • After starting the treatment, the colony is sometimes affected by a temporary but harmless agitation
    • During treatment, the characteristic smell of Thymol is sometimes noticeable NOTE: for small or weak colonies an nuclei, a dose of 1x25g only should be used
    • For the answers to more frequently asked questions, please see our FAQs here