Yes they can. It does depend on the bees... I often find the trays dumped outside the front of the hive within a week of treatment.Do they actually eat it or do they munch it from the tray, take it down through the hive and chuck it out of the entrance?
... I often find the trays dumped outside the front of the hive within a week of treatment. QUOTE]
How on earth do they get the tray out of the hive? It is supposed to be put on top of the brood frames. I assume because the fumes are heavier than air and therefore fall down through the hive.
I think Oxford has placed it above the frames, hence the above statment. But I also can not see how they can drag it out the entrance? (Reduced entrances and mouse guards on)Be careful where you put the tray as any brood under the tray will be evicted.
I'm also now worried about this....the packet says "put it on the frames in the centre of the brood box"....have I now evicted the centre of the brood (OK, there isn't a lot of brood right now, but I'd rather not evict my winter bees.)Oops, I read to put the Apiguard on top of the brood area- leaving a bee space before the cover board so they can wander over it... and you say all brood under will be evicted....have I been doing it wrongly
There are also instructions on how to use it properly in their FAQ.Apiguard has two complementary modes of action. Firstly, the thymol vapour spreads through the colony with the help of fanning from the bees' wings and attacks the varroa mites by inhalation. Secondly, the worker bees carry and spread the gel through the colony when they communicate physically with each other. Apiguard then kills off the varroa mites by contact.
Reduction or cessation of laying is one of the listed side effects of using Apiguard according to Vita.It has sent one of my queens off lay - just hope she regroups, as smatter of capped only. All the rest are doing great guns.
Not for my bees. We checked the apiguard last weekend, just lifted the eke and had a look, and we didn't bother with smoke. Even the grumpy hive seems more placid than normal.Does Apiguard increase aggression?