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MAQS™ - Next Generation Varroa Treatment

NOD Apiary Products - Real control for the Varroa Mite.


MAQS™ Apimondia - FRENCH, COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE
September 16, 2009 10:27 PM
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MAQS™ Apimondia - English Press Release
September 16, 2009 9:38 PM
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NOD Apiary Products introduced MAQS™ - The “Mite Away Quick Strip™” to the world on September 16th in Montpellier France at the 41st Congress of Apimondia.

MAQS™ is the first truly new Varroa treatment in many years. Many beekeepers have been forced by this lack of available and innovative treatments to rely on using chemical treatments that have not only been hurting their bees but contaminating wax and honey.


MAQS™ moves a giant step forward by allowing beekeepers to not only treat DURING the honey flow BUT to target the Varroa directly were they live and breed. The MAQS™ is a single application treatment The treatment period is only seven days, and upon completion the spent strip can either be left in the hive for disposal by the bees or can simply be thrown into the compost. It is 100% compostable.


MAQS™ has been shown to be exceptionally effective in killing Varroa under worker brood cap - while they are either being born or mating BUT doing this without causing any significant damage to the pupating larva.


Trials have been conducted in Canada, Hawaii, Florida, Texas and three sites in France.


MAQS™ is a new formulation of Formic Acid and is “Patent Pending”. Each MAQS™ strip is less than 6mm/ 1/4” thick so that it fits easily into the bee space. Each treatment consists of two strips placed either between brood chambers or on top between brood and honey supers. No additional equipment is required and excellent efficacy has been obtained in temperatures up to 33C/92F.


Product will be available in January/February 2010 for general distribution as registrations are obtained.


Move information, pictures and a demonstration video will be posted to this blog within the next two weeks, so please check back to get the latest information on MAQS™

http://www.miteaway.com/maqs/MAQS_-..._files/EU Press Release September 16 2009.pdf
 
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Hope it works as will be a lot less disruption to the bees. :cheers2:
 

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Any detail on lower operating temperatures?
 

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Will make no difference,as the strips are hung between the brood combs,so temperature is high enough for most of the year.
 

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If it can kill varroa in the brood without knobbling the larvae it could be just what we've been waiting for. Very exciting! Thanks for the info.

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Can't see why not,organic substance used in food,people allready use formic by other delivery methods.
 

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Hopefully they can sell it as a "Hive Sanitizer" if necessary and avoid all the regulatory crap.

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Aye,and you can't help it if the yammits are spitting formic all over your bee's every time they go in and out of the hive.
The biggest problem i can see with formic are the effects on drone fertility.
 
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No,dont think so,lol.

Apparently formic Acid renders the drones dry and impotent,if treatment is carried out when drone rearing is taking place.Thymol can have similar effects.
 
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Not a spring treatment then !
 

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This sounds interesting has any one tried it yet and if so what was the outcome?
If you mean the MAQ's Steve,then no not yet in this country,but maybe in 2012 if they get the permissions for sale here, several threads on beesource, by those that are using it this treatment in USA....good and bad reports.
 

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It's active ingredient is formic acid. I don't believe the formulation and marketing changes radically it's way of action.

In a typical hive 10-15 g of formic acid needs to be evaporated daily, and the treatment period should be at least 14 days.

I just cannot immagine how you can push 300 ml of formic acid between the combs with a single treatment.
 

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It goes in between the boxes, not the frames. Too much formic has a track record of killing queens but to be fair, the critisism of these maqs strips seems to mostly point at ineffective varroa kills rather than queen loss. I, for one, will look forward to giving them a go.
 

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In a typical hive 10-15 g of formic acid needs to be evaporated daily, and the treatment period should be at least 14 days.
This treatment is only seven days,as it kills the mites under the cappings as well.
 

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evaporated daily

That is rather different than : I just cannot immagine how you can push 300 ml of formic acid between the combs with a single treatment.

Thymol treatment is exactly the same, n'est pas?

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evaporated daily

That is rather different than : I just cannot immagine how you can push 300 ml of formic acid between the combs with a single treatment.

Thymol treatment is exactly the same, n'est pas?

RAB
Not really.
Formic vapour has a much smaller molecular size than thymol vapour, allowing it to pass through wax cappings quite freely to kill varroa in sealed cells. Thymol only kills phoretic mites.
 

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Not really.
Formic vapour has a much smaller molecular size than thymol vapour, allowing it to pass through wax cappings quite freely to kill varroa in sealed cells. Thymol only kills phoretic mites.
So, in your opinion the capping is able to filter out gas molecules which are bigger than a certain size?

If that can be proved it opens endless possibilities to use brood capping as a filter.

One has to show very strong evidence to me to believe that.
 

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