Apiguard is a concentrated thymol gel, the active ingredient coming from the herb, thyme. It is approved in Europe as a Varroa treatment for organic honey production.
- - Product number: VAR002
You will need two applications of one tray of 50g Apiguard gel per colony at a two week interval. These two will cover one full drone brood cycle and deal to up to 97% of the varroa. To cover two full worker brood cycles a third 50g tray after another fourteen days is needed. It is also important to know that the bees need to be able to get at the thymol gel. It is the bees in the process of removing the gel from the hive that spreads the thymol vapours throughout the hive. So once you put the opened tray on top of the main brood area, put a feeder rim, or an empty ¾ box or full depth box on next. This will give the bees lots of room to work the gel. And also, don’t get the gel in your eyes—it is like concentrated onion juice and very painful.
We sell the 50g trays in boxes of ten, which will treat 3 to 5 hives, depending on whether you want to cover one or two brood cycles. The gel sealed in the trays has a shelf life of three years after its date of manufacture. We also sell Apiguard in the 3 kg tub, which has enough gel to treat 20 to 30 hives. Check out the detailed description about the 3 kg tub for more information about its use.
Apistan and Apiguard are ideal alternative treatments for a good management plan.