if you're going to use the stuff, I take it you'll be destroying the honey as being potentially dangerous?
Regards Thymol tolerance:it was suggested because we apppear to be getting varroa at one out apiarys that appear to be more tolerant of thymol ( not mine at present)
I use nothing and never do and all my colonies survive as well, and no, I don't live in a so called "varroa free pocket" as has been previously suggested.I used Apivar for the first time last autumn and found it successful, all treated hives (6 x Langstroth) survived the winter. Quite a few local bee-keepers have changed over to it with similar results and we plan to use it again. Supply via Mr Thutlow, service very good and price competitive.
Hmmm Muswell, didnt we PM this last October?has anyone a source of APIVAR either signed off by a VET as its now semi legal or know how do you buy it in/from france
Yep read it !Did you actually read the links I posted earlier in the thread? The active ingredient, Amitraz is particularly nasty stuff, not cleared for general use, and I wouldn't put it anywhere near any living thing, and most particularly anything destined for consumption.
There are perfectly good, far safer treatments available, I think that using this muck is irresponsible in the extreme, and will bring beekeeping into disrepute - as for the lame "it worked" argument, so would a thermonuclear strike - doesn't make it desirable, sensible, or a wise choice...
As for "not back doored" is pure semantics - it is brought in using a bit of "gamesmanship" - it is not available through the usual sources for good reason...
I see it as part of the sad "arms race" amongst certain beekeepers to find ever more dangerous and toxic materials with which to dose their hapless colonies...