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Apistan… Anti Varroa Strips, Varroa control for bees
Apistan Packet & Strips

Licence holder
Vita (Europe) Limited, Brook House, Alencon Link, Basingstoke, Hants RG21 7RD.

Data Sheet Ref:- 1188/99, Date of Issue of Data:- thought to be 1999

Presentation… 10 polymer beehive strips. Each 8g (+/-0.8g) strip containing 824mg tau-fluvalinate.
Active Ingredient… Tau-fluvalinate 10.3% w/w

APISTAN* is a slow release polymer strip formulation specifically designed for use in beehives for the control of the parasitic mite Varroa Jacobsoni Oudemans [Varroa Destructor] on honeybees.
APISTAN* efficacy is maximised if the product is used in late summer and after the main honey harvest (when the amount of brood is diminishing). However, in the case of severe infestations APISTAN* can be used at any time of year.

Apistan Instruction Pictures DIRECTIONS FOR USE… Wear gloves when handling strips.

Method of Application… The strips are bonded together in one sheet. To separate them, hold firmly at corner (see illustration 1), near top and pull along scored line from top to bottom. Replace the unused strips in the original package.

Apistan Strip Insertion

APISTAN* strips are suspended in the brood chamber (hive body) in such a way that the bees can walk on both sides of the strips. To suspend the strips between the frames, twist out the wings of each strip (see Illustration 2).

Dosage instruction… Hives the size of National, Dadant, Langstroth etc., require two strips per brood chamber. For example, in the case of a Dadant 10 frame hive, one strip is suspended between frames 3 and 4, and the second strip between frames 7 and 8 within the brood chamber. Small hives and nuclei require only 1 strip suspended near the centre of the brood chamber. Do not place strips in the honey supers.

Bees on Apistan strip The Apistan strips are not in any way repugnant to the bees as can be seen in the picture at left.

Duration of use… Treatment duration is 6-8 weeks after which time the strips are removed and disposed of. The strips should not be removed from the hive for at least 6 weeks. Do not leave the strips in the hive for more than 8 weeks. The treatment period should be kept as short as possible in order to reduce the likelihood of trace residues in the brood wax and to avoid the development of mite resistance. If signs of disease persist or appear consult your veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.

STORAGE & DISPOSAL… Keep out of reach of children.
Keep strips in original, unopened, packaging until ready to use.
Store below 25 deg C away from direct sunlight in original packaging only.
Do not store strips near pesticides or other chemical substances which could contaminate the strips.
Replace any unused strips in the original packaging.
Store away from foodstuffs. Use strips for one treatment only; do not re-use strips.
Dispose of used strips safely by wrapping in paper and placing in domestic refuse.
Do not contaminate ponds or streams with product.

Wear gloves when handling APISTAN* strips. Avoid contact with skin, mouth and eyes. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling strips.
Do not smoke, drink or eat during application.

Waiting period… Nil.
Product Licence No Vm 17017/4000

Batch No: and Expiry date: See Side of pouch

*… APISTAN is a registered trademark of Vita (Europe) Ltd UK.

I neither endorse nor condemn this product. The information as published here is a matter of public record. The information is placed here for the education of those that wish to read it. BEFORE you obtain or use the material concerned please ascertain the legality of doing so in your location as the product may or may not be approved in your geographic State or Country.

The pictures for this page have been taken from Vita leaflets and instruction sheets.

PLEASE NOTE… there are differences between the Apistan product detailed here and that which is available in USA from a different manufacturer. Please consult that manufacturer for their instructions. They are available at:- www.apistan.com

There is known resistance now to this product . Reliance on it alone is not now recommended.



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