It comes in the form of soaked wafers which contains main concentrate of 74% thymol oil, which is the active ingredient. It also contains eucalyptol, menthol, and camphor.
Api Life Var is a treatment that uses these concentrated essential oils to help control the varroa mites in your colonies. It is a natural treatment, it prevents resistance in varroa mites.
Resistance: There are no reports of varroa having developed resistance to Api Life Var, or any of its active ingredients.
Research shows that varroa mites are becoming resistant to synthetic or man-made pesticides being used.
We have been using Api Life Var at kiwimana for four seasons with successful results.
In our experience, Api Life Var will bring varroa mite populations down to far more manageable levels for the bees to cope with. Organic treatments are the only options going forward.
The ideal daily temperatures for Api Life Var are Preferably summer with temperatures between 18-20°C and 25-30°C.
Active Ingredient: Thymol (76%), eucalyptol (16.4%), menthol (3.8%) and camphor (3.8%); 20g of active ingredients/tablet
Api Life Var is an approved treatment from Italy.
WARNING: Not to be confused with ApiVar, which is a synthetic pyrethroid.
Two packets is enough to complete one treatment for one Bee Colony.
*** Full Instructions for use under New Zealand conditions are available here:- ***
How to use Api Life Var in New Zealand.