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Using Apistan Strips to Control Varroa Mites

Division of Plant Industry – Apiculture
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-3399

Using Apistan Strips to Control Varroa Mites

The Apistan Strip is an impregnated PVC resin formulation for the control of Varroa mites in honey bee colonies.  The active ingredient in the strip is 10% fluvalinate.  These plastic strips are of light golden color and low odor, measuring 250mm in length, 30mm in width and 1mm thick.  The dispersal of the fluvlinate chemical within the colony is by contact with the bee and subsequently with the mite.  It has a low toxicity to honey bees; however, it disrupts the central and peripheral nervous systems of the mites.

Recommendations for Use:

Two strips per colony placed between the frames in the center of the brood provides the best results.  Hang one strip between frames 3 and 4 and the second strip between frames 7 and 8.  Hang with a thumbtack, staple, small nail or other suitable hanging device.  Strips should hang freely between the frames rather than resting against the combs.  An early spring treatment before the honey flow and a fall application after the honey flow provides for safe control.


If the strips are introduced when honey supers are on the hives, the supers must be removed first.  If not removed any stored surplus honey can become contaminated by this chemical (fluvlinate).  Contaminated honey is not a healthy pur food product.  Currently EPA allows no fluvlinate residues to be present in honey.  If any honey is contaminated with this chemical it will be sealed and destroyed.

Don’t allow strips in the hive during honey flows.
Don’t allow strips to remain in the hive for more than 6-8 weeks to reduce chanced of mite resistance.
Don’t reuse strips.
Don’t expose honey intended for human consumption to the strips.
Don’t get the strips in your mouth; harmful if swallowed.
Don’t use strips without wearing protective gloves

Always read the label carefully!
Prepared by: Gordon Rudloff
State Apiarist
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Zoecon Corp.
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