I use OAV not staples, but....The ox/gl staple users are pretty quiet on this thread.. love to hear how they’re getting on around the country, just driven 1070km from auckland to home plenty of wintered down hives seen up north along SH1... what’s going on inside them all could be another story
i've chucked in bayvarol as spring treatment. Will post any issues experienced here.Is there an update regarding Bayvarol? I recall ApiNZ asking beeks to report any issues regarding the use of Bayvarol, I think, something about whether mites had become resistance to Bayvarol, or if there some other issue(s)?
????I treated my hives with Apitraz in early October and with some disappointment retreated with Bayvarol, after reading this post I will have a third round with Apistan. If this fails the worst hives might have to be destroyed, AFB style.
The comments pointing to the Bayer product having lost its effectiveness must prompt the company to show some science to prove this wrong or change their products. Otherwise their NZ sales will stop.
could it be that the agent is too far away from the bridging comb and top box where she is laying ?
I don’t believe so. I heard that the formulation was changed (not recently) to speed up the release of the actives. . . but this doesn’t seem to have ever been communicated. I remember my mentor saying it took a month for apivar to kick off. . .length of treatment is 10 weeks.
it works slower than others so you need to watch your varroa levels are not to high to start with.
Thanks all for comments, the strips will stay in for another 5 weeks and will check in a day or so and see progress and decide on bayvarol.I find Apivar to have a very quick initial knock down and have confirmed this with monitoring. It does however seem to miss a few and you still see the odd varoa in the hives for weeks after they go in . It's very important with varoa to get as close to 100% knockdown as possible and only leaving them in 10 weeks gives you close to this. I move the strips round if the brood has moved or expanded and I don't think it doesn't the harm to give them a quick change of position anyway.
the wrong place.
its a little tricky with 3/4 due to the strips sized for FD.Should it not be 2 strips per brood box? Even with 3/4 boxes the minimum would be 3 stripes for 2 boxes.