We are happy to announce that we will be selling the NOD Mite Away Quick Strips.
Miteaway Quick strips are a formic Acid based miticide which is reported to leave no residues in the hive. The strips were invented by Bee Keepers in Canada to help the fight against the mites.
Kiwimana realises that some miticides in New Zealand are becoming less effective, because mites are building resistance to chemical based treatments.
Here is the manufacturer’s web site: – NOD Apiary Products Ltd
The strips can be used any time in the beekeeping season, including whist honey supers are in place.
MAQS are a Biopesticide and is a plant-based gel containing formic acid. The strip is thinner than the height of a bee so it fits in the bee-space between hive parts.
- Other Benefits
- Easy to apply
- No Rim Required
- 7 Day Treatment
- Fully Biodegradable
- No Residues
Why use Formic Acid?
Formic acid is a very common acid in the environment, part of many foods and drinks, such as coffee. As well formic acid is one of Nature’s defence chemicals, found in plants (nettles) and ant venom. Formic acid is NOD’s active ingredient of choice as it is a component of honey, not an impurity, so the concern is not residues but levels. NOD monitored the levels of formic acid in the honey before, during, and post treatment. Levels remained within what occurs naturally in honey. MAQS is not seen as posing any risk to the environment or causing food contamination.
MAQS performance far exceeded expectations! In the field trials NOD’s formulation achieved almost 100% kill of the varroa males in both drone and worker cells and over 95% kill in worker brood.
Randy Oliver reviews the strips in a recent American Bee Journal:-
What are Mite Away Quick Strips?
How to apply the strips
We hope to have MAQS by Spring 2012 for sale. We will advise the price once we know the shipping costs from Canada and the product have been approved for use in New Zealand.