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ApiLife Var

ApiLife Var

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For example, if you have 2 hives you will need 3 bags in total.

Api Life Var is an effective and natural treatment against varroa mites based on essential oils Thymol, Eucalyptus oil, Levomenthol, Racemic camphor. It is well tolerated by honey bees and demonstrates high efficacy against varroa mites, even with cooler temperatures where other thymol-based treatments tend to be less effective or have more side effects. It is a market leader in Europe for Thymol Mite Treatments. ApiLife Var is a great asset to rotate miticides during the season and can be integrated in an annual treatment schedule.

To download the ApiLife Var information brochure click here.

Advantages of ApiLife Var:

  • No eke is required
  • Easy and safe to use
  • Excellent efficacy and tolerability
  • Natural product
  • ApiLife Var contains a lower dosage of thymol compared to other treatments and is designed to reduce side effects without a loss of efficacy.
  • ApiLife Var provides an optimal release of thymol by contact and evaporation, leading to an increased efficacy of the treatment.
  • With ApiLife Var, there is no need for extra space to install the treatment on the top bars!

ApiLife Var works well in cooler and varying conditions:

  • In the same study, the other thymol-based treatments tested were less effective in cooler temperatures or resulted in problems regarding tolerability by the bees (reduced population strength).1
  • Another study conducted in Germany demonstrated superior efficacy of ApiLife Var compared with the other thymol treatments tested.2
  • To learn more about this study click here

When to use ApiLife Var:

  • When temperatures are between 64 and 95°F (or 18 to 35°C) • Two treatments a year may be made, ONLY when honey supers are not on the hives.
How to use ApiLife Var:
For a YouTube video on how to use ApiLife Var click here
  1. Open the bag containing the two tablets. Handle the bag with care, the tablets are fragile! 
  2. Take 1 of the 2 tablets and separate into 4 pieces. Break the pieces evenly or cut with a knife or scissors. 
  3. Open the beehive and set the separated pieces of the tablets outside the edge of the brood nest on top of the top bars (in the corners of the beehive). Only one wafer (split into 4 pieces) per hive.
  • 1st Application: Leave 7-10 days
  • 2nd Application: Leave 7-10 days
  • 3rd Application: Leave 12 days
  • 4th Application: Only if necessary 

  • Balance the beehives according to their strength before the use
  • All colonies in the same apiary should be treated simultaneously to avoid robbery
  • Treat by introducing the product into the beehive either early in the morning or late in the afternoon towards sunset, avoiding the hottest hours.
  • Do the treatment without supers
  • Do not place the product in the center of the beehive or near the brood.
  • Handle with care the package.

1- Thymol – Varroa Control, Claudia Garrido, Published in Bee Culture magazine in March 2018
2- Reference – S. Berg1, C. Otten2 – Varroa-Behandlung mit unterschiedlichen. Thymol-Anwendungen – Mayen and Kirchhain – 2005

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